The advent of modern Zionism and, even more so, the creation of an actual Jewish state, raised questions for rabbinic thought that had for centuries been purely hypothetical, if acknowledged at all. Foremost among those who advocated for the creation of a state based on halakhah was Israel’s first Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Isaac Halevy Herzog. In The Invention of Jewish Theocracy, Alexander Kaye argues for the importance of Herzog’s ideas in shaping religious Zionist thought. Shalom Carmy writes in his review:
Did the Sinn Féin Influence an Israeli Chief Rabbi’s Vision of Jewish Politics?
The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction
Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents: