A number of modern Jewish thinkers, beginning with Martin Buber, have tried to create a theology based on the belief that Judaism’s core truths lie beyond the limits of language. Their approach, writes Samuel Fleischacker, generally boils down to the following propositions: “Words are human, God is beyond words, and the Torah is a human attempt to grasp what an encounter with God might be like.” Rooted in certain strands of kabbalistic thought, this theological position has come to permeate Jewish religious thought from Reform through the more liberal wing of Modern Orthodoxy. But is it really a suitable way to understand a religion that privileges books, texts, and speech? Fleischaker writes:
Is Judaism Really beyond Words?
What Palestinians Want
In an extensive report on a major survey of Palestinian public opinion, David Pollock sums up his key findings. Above all, the results suggest that large numbers of Palestinians are willing to make compromises with Israel in the short term, but tend to harbor maximalist, even militant, long-term goals: