Divine Judgment and Divine Magnanimity during the Days of Awe

Sept. 4 2018

Rosh Hashanah, according to ancient tradition, is the day that God sits in judgment over all of His creatures, determining who shall live and who shall die. Thus the liturgy comprises both praise for God’s might and splendor in His role as judge, and appeals to His mercy and compassion. Surveying a number of midrashic sources, Akiva Mattenson notes a tendency in rabbinic thought to equate God’s might with His mercy. One prooftext, for instance, is Numbers 14:17, in which Moses introduces a plea for forgiveness with the words “And now let the strength of my Lord grow great.” In the rabbinic view, Mattenson explains,

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More about: Judaism, Midrash, Religion & Holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Theology

For a Leading Israeli Anti-Zionist, the Plight of Two Peoples Is Less Important Than Her Moral Preening

Founded in 2004 by IDF veterans, Breaking the Silence aims to expose the supposed wrongdoings of the Israeli military in the West Bank. In her recent Hebrew-language book Who Do You Think You Are?, Yuli Novak, who served as the group’s director until 2017, reflects on the internal turmoil she has experienced in the ensuing years and explains how she came to reject Zionism altogether. Einat Wilf finds the book cliché-ridden and solipsistic, while the author comes across as a “petulant child.” Moreover, writes Wilf, Novak’s argument rests on false premises:

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Breaking the Silence, West Bank