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The State of Israel Does Not Exist (Judaism)

If a state is defined as a sovereign territorial body, then, by the reckoning here by Zvi Bar’el in Haaretz, the State of Israel does not exist. Instead of being a state in which the rule of law applies throughout … Continue reading

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(Jewish Law) The Tikvah Fund = The Conservative U.S. Group Trying to Transform Israel’s Justice System

  This post is something by way of an epilogue. Back in the day, the Tikvah Fund and the people running its various organs and sister institutions in the United States (academic programs at Princeton and NYU, the Jewish Review … Continue reading

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(Against Submission) Alan Brill reviews/interviews Aaron Koller- Unbinding Isaac

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
I repeatedly hear from a generation of Modern (or Centrist) Orthodox youth, who grew up at the end of the twentieth century, that they were told that Torah Judaism is about…

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Israel Annexation & International Law

Explaining the legal ins and outs of annexation (domestic and international) is this interview here with Pnina Sharvit Baruch, described as a 20-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces’ International Law Department, the department’s head from 2003 to 2009, a … Continue reading

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(International Law Professors) Letter against Annexation of the West Bank

A letter addressed to Israeli government leadership by a long list of international law scholars against annexation of West Bank territories. Scroll down for the English. I’m also posting a PDF here [[H/t Nathaniel Berman]] 10.6.2020   לכבוד: חבר הכנסת … Continue reading

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Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch on Philosophy of Halakhah

Originally posted on The Book of Doctrines and Opinions::
Last month, Rabbi Nahum Eliezer Rabinovitch, the dean of Yeshivat Birkat Moshe in Maale Adumim, passed away at the age of 92 years old. As a tribute to him at the…

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Law/Annexation/Apartheid in Israel (Michael Sfard & Nathaniel Berman)

Against the view on the left that de jure, as opposed to de facto, annexation will only reveal the true mask of the regime and won’t make a difference in terms of direct legal-jurisdictional and social impacts on Palestinian lives … Continue reading

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(Spinoza Says) Enlightenment Now (Shut the Synagogues) (Coronavirus)

[[Dutch Portuguese Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo arguing for the lifting of the ban on Baruch Spinoza, December 6, 2015. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA)]] About Enlightenment, post-secularism, and anti-liberal twaddle. Watching in real time and with some pleasure as the unfolding relationship between … Continue reading

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Pikuach Nefesh Is/Is Not An Overriding Halakhic Value

I’ll might take this post down because maybe I’m getting it terribly wrong. But I’m going to give it a shot. The principle of Pikuch Nefesh (saving life) is a well-known and a cardinal principle of Jewish law. The notion … Continue reading

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(Hashtag) Heteronomy @ the AJS (Martin Kavka)

The slightest correction to a Martin Kavka hashtag: #WeAreTooOldForHeteronomyAtTheAJS#NotEvenAsAPaperTopic  

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