The Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar and the Secret of Jewish Time

Sept. 7 2018

The Jewish year and its cycle of Sabbaths and holidays, which begin with Rosh Hashanah this Sunday evening, express a unique perspective on time itself, explains Meir Soloveichik in the first of his series of lectures on the Jewish calendar. To Soloveichik, the rhythms of the Jewish year serve to connect past and future generations just as they connect Jews living thousands of miles apart, and reflect an understanding of time as something that is itself elastic. (Video, 24 minutes. Rabbi Soloveichik’s lecture on Rosh Hashanah, the second in the series, is available here.)

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More about: Jewish calendar, Judaism, Menachem Begin, Natan Sharansky, Religion & Holidays, Rosh Hashanah

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