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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Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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