In classical Judaism, does prayer have a mystical influence on events in the world, or is it solely about Jews’ relationship with God—or are both views valid?
What Prayer Can Do
The UN’s New Blacklist of Israeli Businesses Threatens Palestinians Most of All
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council publicized a database of 112 companies—94 of which are based in Israel—that do business in “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory [sic], including East Jerusalem.” This list, three years in the making, evidently serves as a guide for those wishing, or promoting, a boycott of the Jewish state. As Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik explain in a detailed report, such a boycott would above all hurt Palestinians: