With Talk of Sukkahs and Talmud Teachers, the Supreme Court Reconsiders a Fundamental First Amendment Principle

June 25 2020

Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases where Catholic schools were being sued by former employees who claimed to have been unjustly fired. The schools argued that they were protected from such legal action by what is known in employment law as the “ministerial exception,” which states that, for example, a church can’t be sued for refusing to hire a Jew for the job of preacher. But since the two teachers were not ministers—even if they led students in prayer and taught religious subjects—the Ninth Circuit court of appeals had ruled that the exception didn’t apply in their case.

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More about: American Jewry, Freedom of Religion, Judaism, Supreme Court

Hamas Returns to Its Cycle of Extortion

Aug. 13 2020

Last week, Hamas resumed launching explosives attached to balloons and kites into Israel, one of which landed in the southern town of Arad. The IDF responded with airstrikes, and the terrorist group first test-fired a barrage of missile into the Mediterranean and then fired a missile at an Israeli town—provoking further counterstrikes. Why disturb the peace now? Because, writes Yoav Limor, the monthly aid Hamas receives from Qatar is set to expire next month:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Qatar