Passover’s Message and the Meaning of Freedom

April 16 2019

At the Passover seder, four questions are asked, the questions of four sons are answered, and four cups of wine are drunk. Meir Soloveichik, in keeping with this theme of fours, explains that the ritual underscores four aspects of freedom, rightly understood as the ability to “utilize time in the present to connect past and future.” Drawing on sources as diverse as Thomas Paine, the late Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, and the film Groundhog Day, he argues that biblical freedom is not freedom from restraints, but the freedom to build a moral society obedient to God’s will. (Video, 39 minutes.)

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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