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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Understanding the Background of the White House Ruling on Anti-Semitism and the Civil Rights Act

Dec. 13 2019

On Wednesday, the president signed an executive order allowing federal officials to extend the protections of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to Jews. (The order, promptly condemned for classifying Jews as a separate nationality, did nothing of the sort.) In 2010, Kenneth Marcus called for precisely such a ruling in the pages of Commentary, citing in particular the Department of Education’s lax response to a series of incidents at the University of California at Irvine, where, among much elase, Jewish property was vandalized and Jewish students were pelted with rocks, called “dirty Jew” and other epithets, and were told, “Jewish students are the plague of mankind.”

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