The Jewish Ethical Lessons of Chess

Noting that “the number of outstanding chess players who are Jewish is stunning,” and drawing on Gary Kasparov’s How Life Imitates Chess and last Sabbath’s Torah reading of Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9), David Wolpe observes that the game of chess can teach important lessons about personal responsibility, humility, and much else. (Video, 11 minutes.)

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More about: Chess, Deuteronomy, Judaism

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin