On a Spiritual Quest for Authenticity, Americans Trade Religion for Advertising Campaigns and Internet Newsfeeds

In her book Strange Rites—which she previously discussed on the Mosaic podcast—Tara Isabella Burton explores the various quasi-religious clusters of ideas that have sprung up in post-Christian America, from “wellness” and “fandom” to witchcraft and radical political activism. At the heart of all of them is Americans’ burning desire for “a spiritual identity and surrounding community that precisely reflects their values, their moral and social intuitions, their lived experience, and their sense of self.” Michal Leibowitz notes in her review:

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More about: American Judaism, American Religion

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