Why America Needs Biblical Ideas of Family and Tradition, Now as Much as Ever

March 8 2021
About Jonathan

Jonathan Silver is the editor of Mosaic and the senior director of Tikvah Ideas, where he is also the Warren R. Stern Senior Fellow of Jewish Civilization.

In our age of instant communication, soundbites, and social media—which is, perhaps not coincidentally, also one of increasing social isolation—speed, newness, and “disruption” are all prized. What is less abundant is a sense of tradition and continuity across the generations. Jonathan Silver, in conversation with Ari Lamm, explains how Judaism can provide a sense of “being at home in time.” He argues, moreover, that the biblical message—found in particular in the book of Genesis—that the past is inescapable and that the future lies in our descendants can provide a much-needed antidote to our present malaise of loneliness. (Audio, 26 minutes).

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More about: Family, Genesis, Hebrew Bible, Tradition

Hamas Wants a Renewed Ceasefire, but Doesn’t Understand Israel’s Changed Attitude

Yohanan Tzoreff, writing yesterday, believes that Hamas still wishes to return to the truce that it ended Friday morning with renewed rocket attacks on Israel, but hopes it can do so on better terms—raising the price, so to speak, of each hostage released. Examining recent statements from the terrorist group’s leaders, he tries to make sense of what it is thinking:

These [Hamas] senior officials do not reflect any awareness of the changed attitude in Israel toward Hamas following the October 7 massacre carried out by the organization in the western Negev communities. They continue to estimate that as before, Israel will be willing to pay high prices for its people and that time is working in their favor. In their opinion, Israel’s interest in the release of its people, the pressure of the hostages’ families, and the public’s broad support for these families will ultimately be decisive in favor of a deal that will meet the new conditions set by Hamas.

In other words, the culture of summud (steadfastness), still guides Hamas. Its [rhetoric] does not show at all that it has internalized or recognized the change in the attitude of the Israeli public toward it—which makes it clear that Israel still has a lot of work to do.

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More about: Gaza War 2023, Hamas, Israeli Security