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Law and Spirituality in Judaism

Although they have received little attention in the English-speaking world, the writings of Shimon Gershon Rosenberg (acronym: Shagar) are widely read in Israel for the way they draw both on ḥasidic teachings and on the work of noted 20th-century philosophers. Here he reflects on the tension between Jewish law (halakhah) and the individual’s inner life. (Translated with an introduction by Josh Rosenfeld.)

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More about: Halakhah, Hasidism, Judaism in Israel, Postmodernism, Religion & Holidays, Spirituality

Germany’s Bid to Keep Israel off the UN Security Council

The Jewish state has never held a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. For the first 50 years of its existence, it was denied membership in any of the UN’s regional groups, which control candidacies for these rotating seats. Then it was finally admitted to the Western European and Others Group, which promptly agreed to wait another twenty years before approving Jerusalem for a Security Council candidacy. Now, Benny Avni notes, Germany is poised to block action:

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More about: Germany, Israel & Zionism, Israeli-German relations, United Nations