The Biblical Ideal of Marriage

Nov. 26 2014

Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi emeritus of the United Kingdom, argues that the biblical idea of marriage (and love) is a contribution as important as monotheism itself. Addressing an interfaith conference at the Vatican, Sacks narrates the evolution of the family as seen through biology, anthropology, and the Bible, and concludes with a surprising exegesis of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. (Video, 31 minutes.)

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More about: Family, Garden of Eden, Genesis, Interfaith dialogue, Jonathan Sacks, Marriage

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy