Religious Jews Should Remember That the Torah Belongs to No Party

With political tensions in America unusually intense, and apt to grow more so as election day approaches, the country’s Jews are hardly exempt from partisan rancor. One can just as easily hear that a vote for Donald Trump is a repudiation of everything Judaism holds sacred as that a vote against him is a betrayal of Israel and the Jewish people. Avi Shafran, in a letter cosigned by several other prominent Orthodox figures, urges Jews not to confuse “Torah values with politics”:

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More about: 2020 Election, American Jewry, Donald Trump, Judaism, Orthodoxy, U.S. Politics

How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy