The West’s Crisis of Meaning in the Post-Religious Age

March 24 2017

The modern world, says Jonathan Sacks, presents us with unprecedented freedoms but precious little guidance as to how to use those freedoms. In a wide-ranging conversation with David Brooks, he explores this issue along with others, including anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Europe, the need for religious leaders to stand outside politics, the joys and travails of raising children, and the promise and peril of proselytizing Siri. (Video, 1 hour.)

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Jonathan Sacks, Judaism, Religion & Holidays, Technology

The Moral Decadence of a Group of Rabbinical Students’ Anti-Israel Appeal

As terrorists were launching thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians, mobs were destroying Israeli cities, and Jews were being harassed and attacked on the streets of the U.S. and Europe, a group of nearly 100 American rabbinic and cantorial students signed an “appeal to the heart of the Jewish community.” The document, which was circulated online and then published in the Forward, echoed the anti-Israel rhetoric that was then pouring forth from the halls of the academy, major newspapers and television stations, and various celebrities and activists. Alvin Rosenfeld comments:

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More about: American Jewry, American Judaism, Hamas, Idiocy, Rabbis