Snuffboxes, Seder Plates, and Maps Lend a New Perspective on Hasidism

While their exotic dress may be their most salient characteristic to outsiders, hats, caftans, and stockings are far from the only religiously significant objects for Ḥasidim. In Hasidic Art and the Kabbalah, Batsheva Goldman-Ida explores a wide array of objects that have come to be invested with meaning, and often elaborate mystical symbolism, in ḥasidic thought and culture. Glenn Dynner writes in his review:

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More about: East European Jewry, Hasidism, Jewish art, Kabbalah, Religion & Holidays

Hamas Returns to Its Cycle of Extortion

Aug. 13 2020

Last week, Hamas resumed launching explosives attached to balloons and kites into Israel, one of which landed in the southern town of Arad. The IDF responded with airstrikes, and the terrorist group first test-fired a barrage of missile into the Mediterranean and then fired a missile at an Israeli town—provoking further counterstrikes. Why disturb the peace now? Because, writes Yoav Limor, the monthly aid Hamas receives from Qatar is set to expire next month:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Qatar