That the Torah Gives No Reason for Keeping Kosher Doesn’t Mean It’s Unreasonable

Jan. 22 2020

Through the ages, rabbis have suggested various explanations for the Hebrew Bible’s detailed dietary restrictions, while others have cited them as archetypes of laws that are beyond explanation. Detractors, meanwhile, have taken these rules as evidence of the Bible’s irrationality. But, argues Natan Slifkin, the fact that Scripture doesn’t provide an explicit rationale for these commandments is an invitation for the believer to search one out rather than simply falling back on “God said so.”

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More about: Hebrew Bible, Judaism, Kashrut, Mitzvot

 

Bernie Sanders Denounces AIPAC’s “Bigotry” after Headlining a Conference of Bigots

Feb. 27 2020

The Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has declared that he won’t attend the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which begins this Sunday, because of the “platform [it] provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.” While Sanders has no qualms about libeling AIPAC—until recently a regular stop for political candidates of both parties—he has never attended one of its gatherings. Last year, however, he was the speaker for the annual conference of the Islamic Society of North America, where, writes Asra Normani, no small amount of bigotry was given a platform:

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More about: AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, BDS, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar, Linda Sarsour