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 Chief Programming Officer of Tikvah, 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).

Read more at Good Faith Effort

More about: Family, Genesis, Hebrew Bible, Tradition


Spain’s Anti-Israel Agenda

What interest does Madrid have in the creation of a Palestinian state? Elliott Abrams raised this question a few days ago, when discussing ongoing Spanish efforts to block the transfer of arms to Israel. He points to multiple opinion surveys suggesting that Spain is among Europe’s most anti-Semitic countries:

The point of including that information here is to explain the obvious: Spain’s anti-Israel extremism is not based in fancy international political analyses, but instead reflects both the extreme views of hard-left parties in the governing coalition and a very traditional Spanish anti-Semitism. Spain’s government lacks the moral standing to lecture the state of Israel on how to defend itself against terrorist murderers. Its effort to deprive Israel of the means of defense is deeply immoral. Every effort should be made to prevent these views from further infecting the politics and foreign policy of the European Union and its member states.

Read more at Pressure Points

More about: Anti-Semitism, Europe and Israel, Palestinian statehood, Spain