Monthly Archives: July 2016

A Basic Question re: Jewish Ethics

Is Jewish ethics first Jewish philosophy? Does it even exist? These are serious questions. Philosophically, I have always had doubts about the Jewish ethical project particularly in its most one-sided expression. Maybe the skepticism had and has to do with … Continue reading

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Ethics & Halakhah, Israel & ISIS?

Slated to be the next chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces, Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim has made statements against inducting women into the army and permitting rape of non-Jewish women during times of war. The latter was said to have … Continue reading

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“Mayne khaveyrim” (elie wiesel)

“One who says that he hears the footsteps of the Messiah hears only the steps of my old friends. Those who went into the pale night twenty years ago, and were engulfed in flames by the angels.” Elie Wiesel, “Mayne … Continue reading

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(Not) Remembering Elie Wiesel

About the late 1970s and early 1980s in Baltimore, I distinctly recall when it was I bought Hertzberg’s The Zionist Idea and the big A Treasury of Yiddish Stories. I remember quite clearly what it felt like reading the essays in Buber’s On … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel & His Critics (Israel & Palestine)

Some of the questioners are malicious, but certainly not all of them. For his critics it is hard to square the image of Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor as witness against God and “man,” as apostle of universal morality with … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel & His Critics (Post-Holocaust Theology)

(Sighet after the deportation of the Jewish ghetto in 1944) With either impatient snark or without a shred of decency, self-defined iconoclasts are taking easy shots against Wiesel and his legacy in the instantaneous wake of his death. None of … Continue reading

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