The Passover Sacrifice, Soviet Refuseniks, and the Promise of a National Future

Jan. 14 2016

In this week’s Torah reading (Exodus 10:1–13:16), the Israelites are still enslaved in Egypt, waiting for the tenth and final plague to strike Pharaoh and his people. But before God smites the Egyptian firstborn, Moses instructs the Jews about the paschal sacrifice and commands them to place its blood on their doorposts lest they, too, become victims of the plague. Recalling the experience of Soviet refuseniks who, when finally allowed to emigrate, were first forced to make a public display of their officially disloyal intentions, Natan Sharansky and Rachel Sharansky Danziger write:

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More about: Exodus, Refuseniks, Religion & Holidays, Soviet Jewry, Torah

 

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom