Why Passover Is the Most American of Jewish Holidays

The Revolution and the Civil War are arguably America’s two great formative moments. It is therefore noteworthy that both struggles for liberation were deeply informed by the biblical story of the Exodus, which Jews will commemorate this evening and for the week that follows. In conversation with Bari Weiss, Rabbi Meir Soloveichik explores this connection, its echoes in the cold war and the civil-rights movement, and its effects on the warm welcome Jews have received in the United States. Weiss and Soloveichik also observe the dangers Jews face in an America that is rapidly forgetting its biblical roots. (Audio, 1 hour.)

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More about: American Civil War, American Jewish History, American Revolution, Exodus, Passover

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.

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