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Living Amid Absurdity: Israel As Tragic Hero (Conclusion)

Louis Rene Beres
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

For Jews, free will must always be oriented toward life, to the blessing, not to the curse. Our binding charge is to strive in this obligatory direction of individual and collective self-preservation by using our intelligence and by exercising our essentially disciplined acts of will. In circumstances where such striving is consciously rejected, the outcome – however catastrophic – can never rise to the dignified level of tragedy.

Sports and the Orthodox Jewish Fan

Joseph Schick
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

On Sunday night, many observant Jews will be among the hundreds of millions of people watching the Jets fan’s nightmare as the Giants play the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

A Theory Of The Ten Commandments

Daniel Tauber
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

In 2003, Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore attained brief fame when he placed and refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments in the State Supreme Court building. Moore’s actions and his subsequent removal from office by a unanimous decision of Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary were just another part of the American debate about the role of religion in the United States.

The Wicked Son

Jason Maoz
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

When Dr. Israel Shahak died on July 2, 2001, the Monitor speculated that he “presumably had ample opportunity by now to compare notes with Hitler, Stalin and the other equally distinguished residents of his new, supernaturally heated neighborhood.”

Living Amid Absurdity: Israel As Tragic Hero (Part One)

Louis Rene Beres
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

True life, it seems, can never be brought purposefully before the judgment seat of Reason. Much as we might wish it were otherwise, absurd narratives now best mirror the deteriorating situation of life on earth. Still living an elaborate pantomime of right and wrong, justice and punishment, we humans desperately want the unfolding world-drama to develop with both fairness and sensibility. Generally, we witness something quite different.

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Aaron Klein
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Israeli college professors who label their country a Nazi apartheid regime, teach that the Torah is full of myths, urge the downfall of the Jewish state, and speak at conventions calling for the boycott of Israel? Universities in Jerusalem that give awards to academic papers complaining that Jewish soldiers don’t rape enough Arab women and […]

Bush Alone: A Balanced Look at a Much-Maligned President

Stuart W. Mirsky
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

As George W. Bush begins his eighth and final year in the White House, it’s fitting to step back and look at this president who almost wasn’t, save for the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the relentless recount process in Florida.

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