Human Interactions, Not Reason, Are the Necessary Foundations of Faith

In Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith, Chaim Jachter sets out to provide exactly what his subtitle promises. In so doing, he draws on a variety of medieval and modern rabbinic approaches to fundamental theological questions. While finding many of Jachter’s arguments both “compelling” and “convincing,” and others less so, David Wolkenfeld doubts that such appeals to reason can ever be the basis for true religious commitment. He cites his experience as a campus rabbi to explain why:

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The War in Yemen Will End When the Houthis Are Defeated

Oct. 22 2021

The Biden administration took office with promises to “end” the civil war in Yemen and ease the humanitarian crisis there. And so it has reduced U.S. assistance to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that has been supporting the country’s pre-2015 government against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and pressured Riyadh to scale down its military efforts. By doing so, Washington hopes it will encourage the two sides to negotiate a compromise, rather than simply encourage the Houthis to keep fighting until they conquer the whole country. Oved Lobel argues that this entire line of thinking is based on a fundamental misapprehension of the situation:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Iran, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, Yemen