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The Future of Jewish Education in the Age of Relativism

July 18 2017

In 1970, the Romanian-born Orthodox rabbi and theologian Eliezer Berkovits wrote an essay titled “Jewish Education in a World Adrift.” In it he called on Jews to resist the nihilism, boredom, and permissiveness of contemporary society, starting by bolstering Jewish schools. Mark Gottlieb discusses Berkovits’s novel approach to halakhah and Jewish thought and the relevance of the essay’s argument for the present day. (Interview by Jonathan Silver. Audio, 36 minutes.)

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More about: American Judaism, Eliezer Berkovits, Jewish education, Modern Orthodoxy, Religion & Holidays

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

March 21 2018

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