What Jews Can Learn from Addicts, and What Addicts Can Learn from Judaism

Sept. 11 2017

Attending a twelve-step meeting with a family member, Jeffrey Bloom came to the disquieting realization that some of the recovering addicts in attendance seemed more in touch with their own spiritual development than was he, an observant Jew. This led him to undertake an extended exploration of the intertwined themes of Judaism, religion, and America’s addiction crisis, and to publication of the resultant essay in Mosaic. Herewith, his discussion of his essay with Jonathan Silver. (Audio, 31 minutes.)

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Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy