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Judaism and Individuality

August 6, 2014

In a discussion of the political thought of the Haggadah, Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution notices a recognition of the importance of the separate person—the individual—in the Passover teaching. Rabbi Meir Soloveichik concurs and offers a beautiful homily on the biblical preference for building with unique stones rather than uniform bricks. The best communities, […]

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The Tikvah Fund’s executive director Eric Cohen explored the deeper meaning and practical consequences of eight significant transformation in Western family life: the invention of contraceptive technologies, the advance of women in the workplace, the expansion of the state’s role in caring for the very young and the elderly, increased divorce and non-marriage, decreased fertility, […]

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Jack Wertheimer, a professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has authored this month’s Mosaic essay, an overview of the unique vitality of and bubbling tension in Modern Orthodoxy. Though 3% of American Jewry, the Modern Orthodox are especially prominent, counting among their ranks Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and former-vice-presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman. […]

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Over the past few years, Al-Qaeda affiliated groups such as ISIS have seized power over several territories in the Middle East. Lately, ISIS has taken Iraq’s second-largest city, persecuted its Christians, and just this weekend seized three towns from Kurdish control. As part of Tikvah’s “War and Human Nature” advanced institute, the American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick […]

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Does the Jewish tradition offer resources for thinking about political questions? Editor of The Weekly Standard William Kristol offers a hedging “yes” to that question. There are certainly lessons in the Bible and other texts, but, because the Rabbis did not hold political power, they rarely interpreted texts in this way.

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