The Hebrew Bible Never Speaks of Religion, Belief, or Even Law

In biblical Hebrew—indeed in any ancient language—there is no word that corresponds to “religion.” Moreover, argues Joshua Berman, the very concepts of religion and belief were foreign to ancient peoples, Israelites included, even though their lives were often filled with ritual, and they saw the hand of the divine all around them. Berman explains that only by reading the Bible on its own terms and free from such anachronisms can one appreciate that Judaism can never be reduced to intellectual abstractions. (Interview by Dru Johnson. Audio, 45 minutes.)

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BDS, Unable to Harm Israel, Has Turned Its Sights on Jews in the Diaspora

Feb. 26 2021

March 15 marks the beginning of this year’s Israel Apartheid Week, during which campus groups around the world hold rallies and events for the purpose of defaming the Jewish state and mustering support for the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction it (BDS). Richard Kemp comments:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS