Two Astronauts and Two Kinds of Jewish Sacred Time

The Sabbath represents God’s decision to rest on the seventh day after creating the world; it therefore exists outside of history, Judaism’s other holy days, for their part, are rooted in the experiences of the Jewish people. Meir Soloveichik compares these two conceptions of sacred time by comparing two astronauts: Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon—the celestial body that determines the Jewish calendar, and that the ancient rabbis compared with the people of Israel—and Ilan Ramon, who famously celebrated Shabbat in outer space. (Video, 21 minutes.)

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More about: Ilan Ramon, Jewish holidays, Judaism, Moon, Religion & Holidays, Shabbat, Space exploration

How Israel Helped Win the Cold War

Oct. 20 2020

When Harry Truman announced that he was inclined to recognize the fledgling Jewish state, George C. Marshall and other eminent foreign-policy advisers urged him not to, arguing that the new country would be a severe liability to American interests—a way of thinking that persists to this day. But, to the contrary, Israel has proved itself time and again to be an invaluable ally. Joshua Muravchik describes some of its important contributions to fighting the cold war:

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More about: Cold War, Mossad, U.S. Foreign policy, US-Israel relations