The Jewish Ethical Lessons of Chess

Aug. 25 2020

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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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