Seeds of Doubt

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Sept. 24 2013
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Philologos, the renowned Jewish-language columnist, appears twice a month in Mosaic. Questions for him may be sent to his email address by clicking here.

For two millennia, Jews have agreed on the identity of the four species of Sukkot plants; prior to  the rabbis, though, consensus is conspicuously absent.

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More about: Arba Minim, Etrog, Leviticus, Lulav, Nehemiah, Rabbis, Sukkot, Talmud, Torah

Iran’s Elections Could Complicate U.S. Plans to Renew the Nuclear Deal

June 11 2021

This week, after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced its suspicions that the Islamic Republic is hiding nuclear materials from its inspectors, the White House decided to lift some sanctions on Iranian oil, and still plans to forge ahead with nuclear negotiations. Meanwhile, Iran will hold its presidential elections next week. The exercise is not particularly democratic—the supreme leader approves the candidates in advance, and his minions have from time to time fixed the results—but neither is it entirely meaningless. While there are important differences among the candidates, not one can be dubbed a moderate, even by the standards of this brutal Islamist theocracy. Reuel Marc Gerecht explains why this matters:

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More about: Ali Khamenei, Barack Obama, Iran nuclear program, Joseph Biden