Is True Religious Emotion Possible in the Modern World?

Oct. 26 2018

Today, one can find religiously devout Jews, and certainly Jews who are ritually observant. Likewise, one can hear much talk of spirituality. But, explains Meir Soloveichik, none of this is tantamount to the feelings of awe and dependence on God that, even a century ago, were commonplace among Jews and non-Jews alike. Soloveichik, in conversation with Jonathan Silver, maintains that such emotions, although rare in the modern world, can nonetheless still be experienced. (Video, 9 minutes.)

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Understanding the Background of the White House Ruling on Anti-Semitism and the Civil Rights Act

Dec. 13 2019

On Wednesday, the president signed an executive order allowing federal officials to extend the protections of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to Jews. (The order, promptly condemned for classifying Jews as a separate nationality, did nothing of the sort.) In 2010, Kenneth Marcus called for precisely such a ruling in the pages of Commentary, citing in particular the Department of Education’s lax response to a series of incidents at the University of California at Irvine, where, among much elase, Jewish property was vandalized and Jewish students were pelted with rocks, called “dirty Jew” and other epithets, and were told, “Jewish students are the plague of mankind.”

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