Jewish Ideas Daily - All Items http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/rss/all-items Jewish Ideas Daily brings you the best in Jewish thought and culture. en-us 60 <![CDATA[You Only Live Twice]]> European Judaism looks healthy, and secure. And yet, the majority of European Jews, seconded by many Jewish and non-Jewish experts, insist that catastrophe may lie ahead. Read in full on Mosaic

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Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:30:30 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6601/features/you-only-live-twice/ Michel Gurfinkiel
<![CDATA[Religion and State in Israel]]> I want to make an argument for limiting the role of the Israeli state in maintaining Jewish institutions. I do so, however, as one who wishes to see an expansion of the influence of traditional Judaism in the Israeli public square. Read in full on Mosaic.

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Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:03:20 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6599/features/religion-and-state-in-israel/ Moshe Koppel
<![CDATA[The Ten Commandments]]> Mosaic has launched!  Read an extract from our inaugural essay on the Ten Commandments here, or go straight to our new site: www.mosaicmagazine.com

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Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:38 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6593/features/the-ten-commandments/ Leon Kass
<![CDATA[Come Swing with Me]]> In the last of our highlights, Aryeh Tepper introduces the jazz-fueled piyyut of the New Jerusalem Orchestra; first published June 17, 2010.  Rejoin us on Monday for Mosaic's inaugural essay: Leon Kass on the Ten Commandments. 

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Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:18 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6583/features/come-swing-with-me-2/ Aryeh Tepper
<![CDATA[Where Does the Buck Stop?]]> While its military capabilities enable the U.S. to be patient with Iran, for Israel the window for military action is rapidly closing.

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Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:05 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6587/daily-picks/where-does-the-buck-stop/ James Cartwright
<![CDATA["I Was a Nazi, and Here's Why"]]> In 1963, Melita Maschmann published a memoir of her Nazi youth.  Fifty years later, she is remembered by her best childhood friend—and first victim.

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Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:04 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6588/daily-picks/i-was-a-nazi-and-heres-why/ Helen Epstein
<![CDATA[Heaven on Earth]]> Jewish law rescues man from unrealistic dreams, replacing them with dreams that are viable.

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Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:03 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6589/daily-picks/heaven-on-earth/ Nathan Lopes Cardozo
<![CDATA[Blowing the Whistle]]> According to respected Orthodox rabbis, the prohibition against reporting Jewish suspects to secular authorities rarely applies in the modern Western world. 

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Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:02 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6590/daily-picks/blowing-the-whistle/ Moshe Simon-Shoshan
<![CDATA[Hiding before God]]> "The tallit [prayer shawl] hides the person we are and represents the person we would like to be, because in prayer we ask God to judge us, not for what we are, but for what we wish to be."

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Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:01 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6591/daily-picks/hiding-before-god/ Jonathan Sacks
<![CDATA[Secularism and Its Discontents]]> In an essay first published December 17, 2010, Yehudah Mirsky examines a defense of Jewish secularism and finds it—and Jewish secularism itself—wanting.

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Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:15 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6575/features/secularism-and-its-discontents-2/ Yehudah Mirsky
<![CDATA[Delegitimizing the Delegitimizers]]> "The poisonous role of the UN human rights world in demonizing and isolating Israel cannot be overestimated"; but it can be combated.

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Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:05 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6578/daily-picks/delegitimizing-the-delegitimizers/ Anne Bayefsky
<![CDATA[The World's Oldest Torah Scroll]]> A Torah scroll discovered in a Bologna archive was originally misidentified as a 17th-century manuscript; its true date has now been established as five centuries earlier.

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Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:04 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6579/daily-picks/the-worlds-oldest-torah-scroll/
<![CDATA[Israel's Talmudic Turn]]> Educators reaching out to young secular Israelis in the hope of introducing them to the Talmud have discovered a willing audience.

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Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:03 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6580/daily-picks/israels-talmudic-turn/ Sid Slivko
<![CDATA[Kindertransport Remembered]]> This year, Britain marks the 75th anniversary of a mass evacuation of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:02 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6581/daily-picks/kindertransport-remembered/ Lucy Ward
<![CDATA[Renaissance in Budapest]]> The anti-Semitic demagoguery peddled by Hungary's fascist Jobbik party has prompted fresh Jewish cultural and political engagement.

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Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:01 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6582/daily-picks/renaissance-in-budapest/ Andrew Connelly
<![CDATA[Orthosexuality]]> Addressing a trend toward greater openness about sexuality in the Modern Orthodox community, Elli Fischer reminds us, in an article first published December 19, 2011, that Judaism has never treated sex as a taboo subject.

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Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:22 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6565/features/orthosexuality-2/ Elli Fischer
<![CDATA[Bordering on Collapse]]> As a result of the Syrian civil war, Middle East borders that have lasted since the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 are on the verge of erasure—and the vultures are already circling.

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Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:05 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6569/daily-picks/bordering-on-collapse/ Dore Gold
<![CDATA[Are the Settlements Illegal?]]> The Geneva Convention provides no clear determination as to who has rights of sovereignty over the West Bank.

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Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:04 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6570/daily-picks/are-the-settlements-illegal/ Michael Curtis
<![CDATA[Sh'lah L'kha: Send Yourself]]> "Send men to scout the land"—and the mysterious word that's missing from that translation. (Click here for source sheet.)

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Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:04 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6567/weekly-portion/shlah-lkha-send-yourself/ Torah Talk with Michael Carasik
<![CDATA[Matchmaker, Matchmaker]]> A new artificial-intelligence system, capable of 4.5 trillion calculations per second, is reconstructing 100,000 fragments from the Cairo Genizah.

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Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:03 EDT http://www.jewishideasdaily.com/6571/daily-picks/matchmaker-matchmaker/ Jodi Rudoren