How Israel Might Be the Only Place Where an Organic Judaism Can Be Revived

Nov. 26 2018

Surveying American Judaism today—of both the Orthodox and non-Orthodox varieties—Moshe Koppel laments the disappearance of the naturalness of Jewish faith and practice he witnessed in his own New York childhood, especially among immigrants from Eastern Europe. But in Israel, despite great internal religious divisions, Koppel sees the re-emergence of an organic attachment to Judaism, rooted in a sense of tribal loyalty as well as moderation, and finds reason to believe that it is on its way to becoming the norm there. He discusses his ideas, first articulated in a series of blog posts, in conversation with Shmuel Rosner. (Audio, 40 minutes. A summary of Koppel’s argument can be found here.)

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Why Iran-Backed Forces Attacked Abu Dhabi

Jan. 26 2022

On Monday, Houthi rebels in Yemen fired ballistic missiles at Abu Dhabi, which were intercepted with American aid. The week before, the Iranian proxy group launched drones at the Emirati capital, killing three; similar attacks have targeted Saudi Arabia and other locales in the UAE. The Biden administration recently ceased to consider the Houthis—whose slogan includes the phrases, “Death to America,” “Death to Israel,” and “Curse the Jews”—a terrorist group. Eran Lerman calls that decision “a beginner’s mistake,” that was

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