The Political and Theological Message of Moses’ Last Speech

April 29 2020

Most of Deuteronomy, the final book of the Torah, consists of a long oration by Israel’s greatest prophet. In the first of a series of lectures on this book, Micah Goodman argues that its purpose is to provide a vision of politics, history, and religion diametrically opposed to that of the Egyptians—a vision which Moses, who grew up in Pharaoh’s palace, understood especially well. Watch the trailer here, or click on the link below for the entire lecture. (Video, 33 minutes. Free registration required.)

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More about: Ancient Egypt, Deuteronomy, Judaism, Moses

 

Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer