Jewish Sources Aren’t Just Hashtags for Preconceived Political Attitudes

March 5 2018

To Jeffrey Salkin, the rabbi of a Reform congregation in Florida, too many Jews expect their religious patrimony to contain little more than prooftexts for the progressive political beliefs they already hold. Instead of plumbing the depths of such teachings as “in God’s image,” “Thou shalt love the stranger,” and “Justice, justice, shalt thou pursue” to uncover their meaning, they treat them as mere slogans. Salkin, in conversation with Jonathan Silver, discusses how Judaism—of any denomination—might escape such political reductionism while still sharing its wisdom in the political realm. (Audio, 57 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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Israel Experiences a Resurgence of COVID-19, but This Time with No One to Blame

During the past two weeks, the Israeli government has been gradually reopening schools, restaurants, and beaches, leading to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the reclosing of some schools, and the quarantining of hundreds. The new outbreaks, for the most part, have spared the ḥaredi communities so severely affected by the initial waves of the virus. But, writes Ruthie Blum, there has been no parallel expressions of anger akin to what was directed at the ultra-Orthodox two months ago:

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