Purim: The Holiday of Jewish Solidarity

March 18 2019

Two of the central obligations of the upcoming holiday of Purim involve sending gifts of food to one’s fellow Jews and giving charity to the poor. These expressions of communal solidarity, explains Meir Soloveichik, point to the true message of the Purim story as told in the book of Esther. In a novel analysis, he argues that the book revolves not around whether there is divine providence, as is often assumed, but whether the Jewish people will continue to exist in exile. (Video 34 minutes.)

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Iranian Attacks in the Persian Gulf Require a Firm Response

June 17 2019

In the past few days, Iran has carried out several attacks on oil tankers in the vicinity of Persian Gulf, and attempted to shoot down a U.S. observation drone. These attacks follow other recent acts of sabotage on the oil trade in the region—and that’s not to mention the Iran-backed Houthi militia’s missile strike last week on a Saudi civilian airport that injured 26 people. David Adesnik urges the White House to send a clear message to Tehran:

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