Judaism, Liberal Education, and a Life Spent Searching for the Worthy Life

What does it take to be mensch? What does a liberal education have to offer those immersed in the Jewish tradition? What can the Hebrew Bible and Judaism teach that a robust liberal education can’t? And do Jews have something to learn from Gentiles when it comes to appreciation for sports? In conversation with his one-time student Eric Cohen, Leon Kass addresses these and other questions while telling of his intellectual progression from a Yiddish-speaking socialist home in Chicago to (metaphorically speaking) Athens and from there, both literally and figuratively, to Jerusalem. (Audio, 48 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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More about: Education, Hebrew Bible, Israel & Zionism, Judaism, Religion & Holidays, Sports, Western civilization

Spain’s Anti-Israel Agenda

What interest does Madrid have in the creation of a Palestinian state? Elliott Abrams raised this question a few days ago, when discussing ongoing Spanish efforts to block the transfer of arms to Israel. He points to multiple opinion surveys suggesting that Spain is among Europe’s most anti-Semitic countries:

The point of including that information here is to explain the obvious: Spain’s anti-Israel extremism is not based in fancy international political analyses, but instead reflects both the extreme views of hard-left parties in the governing coalition and a very traditional Spanish anti-Semitism. Spain’s government lacks the moral standing to lecture the state of Israel on how to defend itself against terrorist murderers. Its effort to deprive Israel of the means of defense is deeply immoral. Every effort should be made to prevent these views from further infecting the politics and foreign policy of the European Union and its member states.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Europe and Israel, Palestinian statehood, Spain