Now that the Jewish people are once again sovereign in Israel, what is the significance of the three weeks of mourning, which begin today, for the destruction of the Temple and the exile?
Why Are We Fasting?
Is There a Way Out of Israel’s Political Deadlock?
On Tuesday, leaders of the Jewish state’s largest political parties, Blue and White and Likud, met to negotiate the terms of a coalition agreement—and failed to come to an agreement. If none of the parties in the Knesset succeeds in forming a governing coalition, there will be a third election, with no guarantee that it will be more conclusive than those that preceded it. Identifying six moves by key politicians that have created the deadlock, Shmuel Rosner speculates as to whether they can be circumvented or undone:
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