The Thin Line between the Creepy and the Holy

Even those who profess not to believe in the divine or the supernatural, writes Peter Berger, can sometimes find themselves confronted by a feeling that something beyond the realm of rational explanation is taking place. As Berger puts it, these sensations occupy a spectrum that includes “what I feel when I first hear the strange noise in the attic, when I hear it every midnight accompanied by Gregorian chanting, and when an angel appears in my bedroom and addresses me in sonorous Latin.” He goes on to describe the “distinctive mix of fascination and fear” that is part and parcel of religiosity, and an experience of his own:

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More about: Hasidism, Religion, Religion & Holidays, Spirituality

When Jews, and Jewish Institutions, Give Cover to Anti-Semites

June 22 2021

During the recent round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, a few left-wing members of Congress not only condemned the Jewish state, but repeated libelous claims about “attacks” on al-Aqsa mosque. Worse still, their rhetoric seemed to imply, in classic anti-Semitic fashion, that Israel is not just a particularly problematic country, but one somehow at the root of all the world’s other problems. Seth Mandel writes:

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More about: ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer, Congress