In the biblical account, notes Leon Kass, before the Israelites had a land or an economy, they were given a set of laws, to which the Decalogue functions as a preamble and a statement of principles. Discussing the meaning of the Ten Commandments, Kass focuses in particular on the ones to “honor your father and your mother” and to “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” (Audio, 90 minutes.)
The Ten Commandments as a Statement of Principles
The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself
Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.
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