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Jul 20, 2021, 8:05 PM
The Torah case for Haredi conscription
Early this month, the Israeli High Court of Justice gave the Government until next June to change what amounts to a blanket Haredi exemption from national service. The Court had ruled that the existing provisions violated the principles of...
Jun 20, 2021, 3:26 PM
Slim hope for Holocaust heirs’ restitution
Last Thursday, the US Supreme Court restricted the jurisdiction of American courts to entertain lawsuits against corporate violators of international law (Nestlé USA v. Doe). Earlier this term, the Court had narrowed the ability of plaintiffs to hold accountable...
Apr 25, 2021, 8:41 PM
The Missing Part of the US Climate Change Plan
In honor of Earth Day, Thursday, President Biden convened a two-day climate summit for nations to pledge reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The US announced a target for a 50% reduction in 2005 emissions by 2030. The plan remained...
Apr 13, 2021, 11:03 PM
Thomas Jefferson, champion of the Jews
April 13 marks the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743. We Jews should acknowledge a central aspect of Jefferson’s contributions to the United States, that of our religious liberty. Proudly we remember, especially on patriotic occasions, Article VI, Section...
Dec 14, 2020, 11:08 PM
Rabbi Jacob Joseph: The Rest of the Story
The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902 (Potomac Books, Dec. 1, 2020) describes the controversies surrounding Chief Rabbi of New York City, Jacob Joseph. History views him as a tragic figure, an immigrant from Vilna who did not speak...
Dec 14, 2020, 10:36 AM
A Landmark Free Exercise Case Changes Little
Last Thursday, the US Supreme Court in Tanzin v. Tanvir unanimously held for the first time that a victim of religious oppression may sue federal officials for damages in individual capacities. The Court upheld a ruling of the US...
Nov 5, 2020, 10:10 AM
Ways the US Supreme Court Can Pick the President
Americans went to the polls for an election in the midst of a raging pandemic. Already 101 million had voted by mail or early in person. Coronavirus forced authorities to adopt new rules to make the election manageable, especially...
Oct 21, 2020, 2:19 PM
A Justice Barrett would upend the separation of religion and state
Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will advance the all-but-certain confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the US Supreme Court. The hearings focused on Barrett’s possible decisive fifth vote to overturn the Affordable...
Sep 23, 2020, 8:18 AM
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The ultimate pragmatist
Justice Ginsburg knew that results often count more than procedure, especially when rigidity serves no purpose - and in that vein, took care of some specifically Jewish concerns
Mar 26, 2020, 6:17 AM
Reforming Knesset immunity
When the dust settles from Israel’s current constitutional crisis, the Knesset will have to pass laws to ensure that a corrupt party leader cannot attempt to destroy the country’s democracy. One law Blue and White proposed would prohibit an...
Joshua Z. Rokach is a retired appellate lawyer and a graduate of Yale Law School.