Drawing on her years of experience teaching classes and organizing programs for Jews eager to learn more about Judaism after completing their formal schooling, Erica Brown addresses the common flaws in American Jewish education and how they can be fixed. In particular, she warns against the “march of the Jewish cliché”—that is, the way in which rabbis and adult educators offer a “warm bath of familiar phrases and slogans” instead of exposing their audiences to the richness and intellectual complexity of the Jewish tradition. (Interview by Jonathan Silver. Audio, 52 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)
The Challenges of Jewish Adult Education
Is There a Way Out of Israel’s Political Deadlock?
On Tuesday, leaders of the Jewish state’s largest political parties, Blue and White and Likud, met to negotiate the terms of a coalition agreement—and failed to come to an agreement. If none of the parties in the Knesset succeeds in forming a governing coalition, there will be a third election, with no guarantee that it will be more conclusive than those that preceded it. Identifying six moves by key politicians that have created the deadlock, Shmuel Rosner speculates as to whether they can be circumvented or undone:
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