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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As Palestinians Continue to Suffer in Syria, “Pro-Palestinian” Activists Remain Indifferent

Jan. 21 2020

The London-based organization Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) recently released a report documenting the effect of the Syrian civil war on that country’s Palestinian population, noting that the number of dead has now reached 4,013. While Palestinians have fought alongside Bashar al-Assad’s forces and against them, most of the suffering was inflicted by the Assad regime and its allies, as Khaled Abu Toameh writes:

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