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Feb 15, 2021, 7:33 AM
Our Faustian Bargain
At the second Trump impeachment trial, Jacky Rosen, a Jewish Senator from Nevada, criticized former President Trump for tolerating anti-Semites, such as the Proud Boys. In response, Senator Kevin Cramer, an evangelical Christian from North Dakota, praised President Trump as America’s most pro-Israel president. The...
Jan 28, 2021, 2:01 AM
Senator Ossoff’s bible
Late on inauguration day, Jon Ossoff was sworn in as a United States senator for the State of Georgia, holding a worn-out copy of Pentateuch & Haftorahs, which had been edited in the 1930s by Rabbi Dr. J.H. Hertz, Britain’s Chief Rabbi during the first...
Nov 28, 2018, 10:38 PM
The Great Rabbis in Political Orthodoxy
Recently, a large modern Orthodox synagogue hosted the eleventh in a monthly lecture series called “Great Rabbis of the Twentieth Century.” It was not unexpected that an Orthodox synagogue would limit the series to Orthodox rabbis. It was surprising, however, that ten of the eleven...
Jun 18, 2018, 3:15 AM
Social justice and orthodoxy
In this time of heightened political polarization, American denominational Judaism is more frequently dividing by political party affiliations and agendas. As a consequence, one common mistaken impression is that Orthodox Judaism does not value or promote social justice. This perception stems in part because increasingly...
Feb 15, 2017, 8:22 PM
The Halachic Ethos and Female Clergy
In a recent column, Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin of the Tikvah Fund, who is an executive committee member of the Rabbinical Council of America, misrepresented the Orthodox Union’s newly announced policy prohibiting female clergy (“Closing the door on Open Orthodoxy: Why the Orthodox Union prohibited female...
Nov 17, 2016, 9:29 PM
The Obligation to Respond to Trumpism
Admonishing Western leaders to take ominous threats to the free world and especially to Israel more seriously, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has invoked historical events, including the tragedy of European anti-Semitism. In particular, in speeches to the U.N., Congress, and AIPAC and in press...
Aug 29, 2014, 1:32 AM
Professor Schabas and the Law of Judicial Impartiality
It is now well publicized that Professor William Schabas, a leading international law scholar, has made antagonistic comments about the State of Israel and its leaders, thereby questioning his impartiality as the designated chairman of the UN Human Rights Council’s commission investigating the Gaza conflict. ...
Daniel D. Edelman resides in Teaneck and works as an attorney in New York City.