A <i>Maharat</i> Moment?

Sept. 11 2013

American Orthodoxy may well be approaching a crossroads, but the defining issue will not be the ordination of women clergy. Religious history doesn’t work that way.

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More about: American Jewry, Avi Weiss, Orthodoxy, Yeshiva University

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy