Rabbi Nissim of Marseilles and His Idiosyncratic View of Revelation

March 11 2016

Taking a position that many of his Jewish peers would have considered heretical, the 14th-century theologian Nissim of Marseilles maintained that the specific details of biblical law were in fact created by Moses alone, based on the use of his own reason; only the general outline was of literally divine origin. Nissim’s source was an ancient midrashic commentary on the construction of the tabernacle, described in painstaking detail in the second half of the book of Exodus that concludes with this week’s Torah reading. David Frankel writes:

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More about: Jewish Thought, Maimonides, Religion & Holidays, Revelation, Torah

What Palestinians Want

July 10 2020

In an extensive report on a major survey of Palestinian public opinion, David Pollock sums up his key findings. Above all, the results suggest that large numbers of Palestinians are willing to make compromises with Israel in the short term, but tend to harbor maximalist, even militant, long-term goals:

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More about: Palestinian public opinion, Palestinians, Two-State Solution