Reason, Rationality, and the Challenge of Religion

June 24 2022

As a young man, Jeffrey Bloom read an essay by the philosopher Leo Strauss that, for him, opened up the possibility of religious faith, paving the way for him eventually to become an Orthodox Jew. Yet the same problems of belief, doubt, and certainty continue to preoccupy him today, and led him to seek essays on these subjects from a number of rabbis, scholars, and theologians—recently published as Strauss, Spinoza & Sinai: Orthodox Judaism and Modern Questions of Faith. He discusses the book’s themes from a personal angle in conversation with Dovid Bashevkin. (Audio, 94 minutes.)

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More about: Faith, Judaism, Leo Strauss, Orthodoxy

How the Abraham Accords Can Ease the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

June 28 2022

According to numerous critics, many of whom have positions at prestigious think tanks and publications, the normalization agreements the Jewish state reached with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain constituted an abandonment of the Palestinians. Peter Berkowitz argues that, to the contrary, the Abraham Accords can help to improve the lot of the Palestinians, and to reduce the intensity of their conflict with Israel:

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More about: Abraham Accords, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Palestinian economy, West Bank