The Future of Judaism Can’t Be “Crowdsourced”

Dec. 23 2019

In his book God Is in the Crowd, Tal Keinan examines the difficult situations into which Israeli and American Jewry have (in his view) fallen, and seeks to find a solution by appealing to the notion of the “wisdom of the crowd”—namely, that the aggregated opinions of a large number of people are often likely to be accurate. Thus, ask several hundred people to guess the number of gumballs in a gumball machine, and the average of their answers is apt to be very close to the correct one. Abraham Socher finds much compelling in Keinan’s book, but deems both its diagnoses and its prescriptions lacking—starting with the author’s ascription of Diaspora Judaism’s past success to a sort of crowdsourcing:

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More about: American Judaism, Judaism, Judaism in Israel

Why Israel’s Political Crisis Remains Unresolved

April 8 2020

On Monday afternoon, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu—the leaders of Israel’s two major political parties—seemed poised to finalize a coalition agreement that would end the yearlong political stalemate. By the evening, talks broke down after Likud negotiators backtracked from a compromise over judicial appointments, and Gantz ordered his representatives to leave the table. Haviv Rettig Gur explains that Netanyahu, the incumbent prime minister, has found himself on the horns of a dilemma: he can’t form a government without compromising with Gantz, but he risks burning his bridges with his right-wing allies, foremost among them the Yamina party:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Yamina