Grammar from Heaven

June 19 2013

“There is nothing paradoxical about disbelieving the historical claim that the Torah was given to Moses from heaven . . . and believing it as a point of faith.”

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More about: God, Louis Jacobs, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Religion, Revelation, Source Criticism, Talmud, Theology, Torah, Torah MiSinai

Turkish Reconciliation with Israel Could Happen, but It Won’t Come Easily

Jan. 27 2021

In recent weeks, Ankara has made a variety of gestures that suggest a desire to reestablish its once friendly relations with Jerusalem, which have deteriorated since Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in 2002. On Monday, unverified reports circulated in the Western press that Turkey is prepared to expel Hamas, which has had its main base of operations there since 2015. Erdogan’s reasons for seeking to make amends are not hard to divine: he faces a hostile White House, tensions with the European Union, a sputtering economy, and a rocky relationship with his sometimes-patron in Moscow. But, Lazar Berman writes, much has changed since 1949, when Turkey became the first Muslim-majority country to recognize the Jewish state:

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More about: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey