Reform Judaism and the Abandonment of Jewish Peoplehood

Aug. 27 2018

In a speech delivered last May at the graduation ceremony of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles—one of the major seminaries of the Reform movement—Michael Chabon sparked controversy by condemning wholesale every kind of Jewish particularism, and perhaps Judaism itself. Clifford Librach, who spent his career as a pulpit rabbi in Reform synagogues, sees the speech as the culmination of a trend embedded in the domination from its very beginning that militates against the very notion of Jewish peoplehood. To survive and flourish, Librach believes, the Reform movement must instead wholeheartedly embrace Jewish peoplehood, as he explains in conversation with Jonathan Silver. (Audio, 45 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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Only a Clear Message to Iran Can Restore Israel’s Deterrence

Aug. 19 2019

Currently the greatest threat facing the Jewish state is an attack on three fronts, in which Hizballah and other Iranian forces launch tens of thousands of missiles simultaneously from both Lebanon and Syria, while Hamas—now also taking orders from Tehran—does the same from Gaza. Such a barrage would likely overwhelm Israel’s storied missile-defense systems, severely disrupt civilian life and possible result in high casualties, and gravely interfere with the IDF’s ability to counterattack. Noting that the Islamic Republic could unleash this mayhem at the time of its choosing, Benny Morris suggests a straightforward preventative measure. (Free registration required.)

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