A Lack of Appreciation for the Jewish Virtues of Civility and Rationality Has Sowed Political Chaos in America

Jan. 13 2021

Writing for a ḥaredi audience, Rabbi Aaron Lopiansky considers what lessons pious Jews should draw from the attack on the Capitol last week. To Lopiansky, the rioters’ actions “should have been unthinkable,” and thus the relevant question is not what motivated them, but what made them thinkable. He blames a lack of two cardinal Jewish virtues: da’at (wisdom or “cerebral and calm deliberation”) and civility, or being a mensch:

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More about: Donald Trump, Judaism, U.S. Politics

Israel-Palestinian Peace Starts with Combating Anti-Semitism

Jan. 22 2021

If there is to be a resolution to the conflict between the Jewish state and a putative Palestinian one, writes Jonathan Michanie, it won’t start with drawing lines on maps or restrictions on where Jews can build houses, but with the Palestinian Authority (PA) abandoning its official anti-Semitism. The PA can, in this regard, learn much from those Arab nations that have recently made peace with Israel:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Morocco, Palestinian Authority