When Freedom of Religion, the Rights of Parents, and the Government’s Education Policies Come into Conflict

Jan. 18 2021

In 2018, a group of graduates of ḥaredi schools, believing that their educations had not prepared them for life in American society, let alone for successful employment, sued the state of New York for not better regulating private schools within its borders. The case, and the subsequent controversies that grew out of it, raise important questions about the nature of education, the importance of diversity, the place of religious minorities in a pluralistic society, freedom of religion, the tensions between the rights of parents and the needs of governments, and much else. Jason Bedrick, Rita Koganzon, and Kevin Vallier discuss their recent scholarly work on the subject. (Moderated by Neal McCluskey. Video, one hour.)

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More about: American Jewry, Freedom of Religion, Jewish education, Ultra-Orthodox

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