The Democratic Teaching of the Covenant at Sinai

Jan. 25 2019

This week’s Torah reading of Yitro (Exodus 18-20) describes the covenant at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. As the climactic moment of revelation nears, God instructs Moses to gather together all the people—regardless of age, sex, or status—and convey to them the terms of the covenant; only after they accept these terms does God reveal Himself on the mountain. Jonathan Sacks sees here a profound political message:

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More about: Biblical Politics, Covenant, Democracy, Mount Sinai, Religion & Holidays, Ten Commandments

Political Paralysis Could Leave Israel at the Mercy of Economic Crisis

July 15 2020

With unemployment skyrocketing and the government contemplating renewed lockdowns in the face of a second wave of the coronavirus, Israeli Treasury officials have been working to craft a fiscal plan to pave the way to economic recovery. But the budget has been stalled by the rivalry between the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his primary coalition partner Benny Gantz, who is scheduled to replace him in November 2021. Haviv Rettig Gur explains the impasse, and why it matters:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Coronavirus, Israeli economy, Israeli politics