God Doesn’t Command Abraham to Kill His Son, but to Sacrifice Him

April 1 2022

To the modern reader, passages like Genesis 22—known to Jews as the Binding of Isaac—pose a moral and ethical affront. So why don’t believers follow the example of Thomas Jefferson, who simply cut out of his Bible those passages he disapproved of? Jon D. Levenson, in answering this question, presents an original reading of this chapter in the context of the story of Abraham. (Interview by Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston. Video, 31 minutes.)

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More about: Abraham, Binding of Isaac, Hebrew Bible

 

How Israel Beat the Terror Wave

June 24 2022

From March to May, a series of small-scale terrorist attacks claimed the lives of some twenty Israelis, and raised fears that jihadist murder would again become a fact of everyday life in the Jewish state. Hillel Frisch details how a swift campaign waged by the IDF and Shin Bet, employing deliberate and discriminate force, succeeded in restoring the peace:

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More about: Israeli Security, Palestinian terror, West Bank