Responding to Joshua Berman’s recent Mosaic essay on the corruption of biblical studies, Michah Gottlieb looks to Samson Raphael Hirsch’s critique of academic scholarship of both Bible and Talmud to argue that there exists an unbridgeable gap between Orthodox Judaism and biblical criticism. Hirsch, a 19th-century rabbi who led German Orthodoxy during the heyday of the Reform movement, admired secular philosophy and high culture, but saw no place for the historical study of Judaism:
Did Orthodox Jews Beat Academic Bible Scholars at Their Own Game?
The U.S. Still Has a Chance to Turn the Tables on Iran
After more than two years of crippling sanctions, the Islamic Republic got “a new lease on life” once Joe Biden entered the White House, write Richard Goldberg and Jacob Nagel. The current administration, hoping to return to the 2015 nuclear deal or renegotiate a “longer and stronger” version, has unfrozen Iranian assets and shielded the ayatollahs from international censure over their nuclear program. But, argue Nagel and Goldberg, it’s not too late to change course: