Is Jewish Studies Still Relevant?

June 25 2018

A recent biography by Ismar Schorsch is devoted to Leopold Zunz (1794-1886), the German Jew who almost singlehandedly founded the field of academic Jewish studies. In his review, Michah Gottlieb considers Zunz’s legacy:

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More about: History & Ideas, Jewish history, Jewish studies, Leopold Zunz, Reform Judaism, Samson Raphael Hirsch

The War in Yemen Will End When the Houthis Are Defeated

Oct. 22 2021

The Biden administration took office with promises to “end” the civil war in Yemen and ease the humanitarian crisis there. And so it has reduced U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been supporting the country’s pre-2015 government against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and pressured Riyadh to scale down its military efforts. By doing so, Washington hopes it will encourage the two sides to negotiate a compromise, rather than simply encourage the Houthis to keep fighting until they conquer the whole country. Oved Lobel argues that this entire line of thinking is based on a fundamental misapprehension of the situation:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Iran, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen