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.)
Is True Religious Emotion Possible in the Modern World?
Only a Clear Message to Iran Can Restore Israel’s Deterrence
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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