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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The Palestinian Authority Deliberately Provoked Sunday’s Jerusalem Riots

Aug. 16 2019

On Sunday, Tisha b’Av—the traditional day of mourning for the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples—coincided with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. While the Israeli government had initially banned Jews from the Temple Mount on that day, it later reversed its decision and allowed a few dozen to visit. Muslim worshippers greeted them by throwing chairs and stones, and police had to quell the riot by force. Just yesterday, an Israeli policeman was stabbed nearby. Maurice Hirsch and Itamar Marcus place the blame for Sunday’s violence squarely on the shoulders of the Palestinian Authority:

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