The Role of the Jews in the Remoralization of the West

Jan. 31 2020

Addressing some of the most pressing issues of the day, Jonathan Sacks and Meir Soloveichik discuss the ways that multiculturalism and the cult of victimhood have encouraged hatred of Jews, what American Jews can learn from their British counterparts about combating anti-Semitism, and the deep sense of spiritual connection that animates Christian philo-Semitism. The two rabbis also confront the moral crisis of the secular West. To Sacks, liberal democracy and free-market economics—despite their many blessings—can’t alone bring about human flourishing or provide a basis for social cooperation. And he argues that the insights of Judaism may be able to point a way forward for Jews and Gentiles alike. (Video, 34 minutes.)

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Decline of religion, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism, Morality, Philo-Semitism

What Does International Law Say about Settlements in Occupied Territory? If Israel Does It, It’s Illegal

Sept. 22 2020

It is the general opinion of most governments, legal experts, Middle East specialists, and the editorial boards of major English-language newspapers that the construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank is, at least in some cases, a violation of international law. Yet it is not at all clear why this should be so. Two recent books on disputed territories in international law, both of which pay special attention to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, address this subject in detail, and in the end side against Israel. But, writes Eugene Kontorovich in his review, their authors fail to appreciate the problem that the law in question has never been applied to any country besides the Jewish state:

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More about: International Law, Settlements, West Bank