The Jewish Holiday of Love Is an Antidote for Tribalism, Ancient and Modern

Today marks the Jewish holiday of Tu b’Av (i.e., the fifteenth day of the month of Av), which—according to the Talmud—celebrates an ancient decree allowing marriage among the twelve tribes of Israel, as well as the end of a period of bloody intertribal violence described in the book of Judges. Despite the day’s minor status, the talmudic sages compare it to Yom Kippur in its holiness. On this day, moreover, “the daughters of Jerusalem” would borrow white clothes from one another, so that their socioeconomic status would be undeterminable, and dance in the vineyards, calling to young men to pick them as wives. For Stuart Halpern, Tu b’Av bears an important lesson for American society today:

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How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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