Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Theological Case for Zionism

Dec. 24 2018

On Israel’s independence day in 1956, as Egypt seemed increasingly likely to attack the fledgling Jewish state, the great 20th-century sage Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik gave a lengthy lecture on Jews’ obligation to support Israel. The lecture, later published in English as “Fate and Destiny,” appeared first in Hebrew as Kol dodi dofek—“the voice of my beloved knocks”—a verse from the Song of Songs. Soloveitchik’s exegesis of this verse forms the basis of his argument that Jews are obligated to respond to the divine “knocks” manifested in recent history. In conversation with Jonathan Silver, Soloveitchik’s student Jacob J. Schacter explains the historical and theological context behind this argument. (Audio, 29 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

Schacter’s entire online course on Soloveitchik’s thought can be found here.

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The Palestinian Authority Deliberately Provoked Sunday’s Jerusalem Riots

Aug. 16 2019

On Sunday, Tisha b’Av—the traditional day of mourning for the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples—coincided with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. While the Israeli government had initially banned Jews from the Temple Mount on that day, it later reversed its decision and allowed a few dozen to visit. Muslim worshippers greeted them by throwing chairs and stones, and police had to quell the riot by force. Just yesterday, an Israeli policeman was stabbed nearby. Maurice Hirsch and Itamar Marcus place the blame for Sunday’s violence squarely on the shoulders of the Palestinian Authority:

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