The Crisis in Jewish Education, Praying with Laura Bush, and Reading Ezekiel with George W.

Jay Lefkowitz served in the administrations of both the elder and younger Presidents Bush, having held such positions as special envoy for human rights in North Korea and deputy director for domestic policy. He is also an Orthodox Jew and a perceptive commentator on the American Jewish scene. In a wide-ranging interview with Eric Cohen, he discusses American Jewry’s shifting political alignments, why American Jewish education has floundered, his personal conversations with George W. Bush regarding the U.S. relationship with Israel, and saying grace at the White House—among much else. (Audio, 38 minutes.)

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More about: American Judaism, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Politics & Current Affairs, US-Israel relations

Emmanuel Macron Signals an End to the Appeasement of Hizballah

Since the August 4 explosion in Beirut, Paris has sought to take an active role in helping its former colony’s recovery, and overseeing political reform. One major obstacle is Hizballah, which, in Matthew Levitt’s words, serves “as the militant defender of the corruption and cronyism of the current government system.” While France has historically been reluctant to confront the terrorist group, its president seems to be losing patience:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, France, Hizballah, Lebanon, Terrorism