The Halakhic Ramifications of a Coronavirus Vaccine

Oct. 28 2020

Last week, a participant in a trial for an experimental inoculation against COVID-19 died, although likely for unrelated reasons. Still, the incident raises the very real issue that, before being fully tested and studied, new vaccines can pose unknown dangers, and people may have to weigh these dangers against the risks of the virus itself. Sharon Galper Grossman and Shamai Grossman examine this problem from the standpoint of Jewish law, beginning with the opinions of 18th- and 19th-century rabbis who addressed medicine’s first efforts at inoculation, which were far more dangerous than their present-day equivalents:

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In Yemen, Iran Is Preparing for Its Next War with Israel

Sept. 20 2021

In the past few weeks, Houthi rebels backed by Iran have escalated their attacks on Saudi and Emirati positions in Yemen. On September 4, they also launched multiple ballistic-missile and drone attacks on several Aramco facilities within Saudi Arabia. The U.S. removed some of its anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia a week later, rendering the kingdom even more vulnerable. The Houthis—who mark every missile and drone launch by chanting their slogan, “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam!”—are part of the network of militias and proxy groups Tehran dubs the “axis of resistance,” which also operate in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. Michael Segall writes:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hizballah, Iran, Israeli Security, Saudi Arabia, Yemen