Toward a Religious Zionist Humanism

In his new book In His Image: The Image of God in Man, Yuval Cherlow—a prominent Israeli rabbi involved in a wide range of social and political endeavors—seeks to recover ethical principles in the Torah that he believes are often underemphasized and adapt them to the modern Jewish situation. Key to his thought is the need to respond to both the Holocaust and the creation of a Jewish state. (Interview by Alan Brill):

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More about: Holocaust, Jewish ethics, Judaism, Judaism in Israel, Montesquieu, Religion & Holidays

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror