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Aug 10, 2023, 5:50 AM
Fighting Jewish Terrorism: A Call For Rabbinic Reinforcements
Religious-Zionist society is in disarray. After years of political neglect, rampant corruption and state persecution, our sector has all but dissolved into competing cults and agendas, a sorry state for any community, but an increasingly dangerous one for a...
Jun 25, 2023, 12:31 PM
Was this pogrom downgraded into a rampage?
The last time we saw settlers burning down homes in Palestinian towns we called it a “pogrom.” Specifically, Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, who oversees the West Bank, used the word repeatedly. A headline from the same day says the “army...
Mar 22, 2023, 5:04 PM
Yes, it was a pogrom
When Israeli Major General Amir Fuchs used the word “pogrom” to describe the civilian attack on the Palestinian village of Huwara last month, he knowingly used a word that resonates with Ashkenazi Jewish collective memory. The images of pogroms in...
Mar 15, 2023, 9:03 PM
Condemning the barbarism in Huwara: A statement from Orthodox rabbis
This is a statement, made by members of Torat Chayim, an international group of Orthodox rabbis, as signed below. We have watched events in Israel in recent days with profound sadness and heartbreak. On February 26, Hallel Menachem Yaniv and his...
Mar 13, 2023, 1:08 PM
From Zion came forth sacrilege
“Their weapons are tools of lawlessness. Let not my soul be included in their council and let not my being be counted in their assembly. When angry they slay a man, and when pleased they maim an ox. Cursed...
Mar 13, 2023, 12:15 PM
Have Burning Buildings Lit A Flame Of Hope?/Golden, Red and Dead Cows
Shavua Tov Still thinking about last week’s Torah portion (Ki Tissa), the pogrom, and events in the field last week, I am reflecting on idolatry born out of fear and a lack of trust, golden calves, red cows, holy cows...
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Mar 9, 2023, 3:08 PM
The Occupation and the Anti-Democratic Legislation in Israel
In November 2008, on what would turn out to be his last birthday, I brought my father a book gift: the first ever English language translation of Khirbet Khizeh. This canonic 1949 Hebrew novella by S. Yizhar tells the...
Mar 6, 2023, 9:30 AM
Not In God’s Name
The recent terrorist murder in Israel of two Jewish boys from Har Bracha in the Arab village of Huwara fills the Jewish world with sadness. Yet, it is the extrajudicial response by religious settlers to the killings which resulted...
Mar 6, 2023, 12:34 AM
Near the end of the Book of Esther registers as magic. The Jews, at long last given royal permission to defend themselves, kill enormous numbers of their enemies. This they accomplish without the usual complications: Readers do not learn...
Mar 5, 2023, 6:07 PM
On Remembering Amalek–The Evil Within Us
This past Sabbath in the Jewish calendar was known as Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath of Remembering. It was the Sabbath that precedes the holiday of Purim, which Jews around the world celebrate this week, to remember how they were saved...