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

How Israel Can Readjust Its Diplomacy for a Changing Europe

In recent years, Jerusalem has developed good relations with a group of Central European countries that have proved far more sympathetic than those of the West, and whose governments have sometimes stopped the European Union from issuing anti-Israel statements. But Europe, both East and West, is now in a state of political flux, and this approach may soon be obsolete. Emmanuel Navon proposes a new direction for Jewish state that capitalizes on its economic ties with Western Europe. Take, for instance, post-Angela Merkel Germany:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, Europe and Israel, European Union, Germany, Israel diplomacy