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

Hamas and Hizballah Won’t Give Up Their Radical Goals for Economic Benefits

June 18 2021

In his first interview after leaving office, the former head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, admitted that he had erred in believing that Israel could come to some sort of accord with Hamas. In his own words:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, Mossad