The Death of Moses and the Limits of Human Perfectibility

In conversation with Mark Gerson, William Kristol—after reminiscing about the golden age of New York City sports—discusses Deuteronomy 34:10, the antepenultimate verse of the Torah: “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” Among much else, Kristol finds therein wisdom about the limits of human perfectibility: even Moses, this incomparably great man, died disappointed, unable due to his own failings to enter the promised land. The two also discuss as Moses’ singular act the smashing of the tablets, traditionally commemorated today, on the fast of the seventeenth of the month Tammuz. (Audio, 29 minutes.)

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Hamas and Hizballah Won’t Give Up Their Radical Goals for Economic Benefits

June 18 2021

In his first interview after leaving office, the former head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, admitted that he had erred in believing that Israel could come to some sort of accord with Hamas. In his own words:

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