In Honor of the 2nd-Century’s Greatest Scholar of Kabbalah, an Essay by the 20th Century’s

April 30 2021

Today is the minor Jewish holiday of Lag ba-Omer, which marks the end of the period of mourning that follows Passover. In Israel it is celebrated with pilgrimages to the birthplace of Shimon bar Yoḥai, the 2nd-century sage credited with authoring the Zohar. According to legend, he composed this book, the primary text of Kabbalah, during the several years he spent hiding from the Romans in a cave—from which he emerged on this day. No scholar in modern times did more to make the Jewish mystical tradition respectable and understandable than Gershom Scholem (1897-1982). In this essay, published in Commentary in 1980, Scholem tells the story of how he came to devote his life to the study of Kabbalah:

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More about: German Jewry, Gershom Scholem, Hasidism, Kabbalah, Lag ba'Omer, Martin Buber

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom