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The Muslim Brotherhood’s Patient Jihad The Muslim Brotherhood’s Patient Jihad
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Mohamed Morsi’s recent election as president of Egypt has proved a matter of concern.  A candidate from the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, many fear that Morsi’s victory will threaten Egyptian-Israeli peace.
The Queen’s Jewry The Queen’s Jewry
Monday, July 23, 2012 by Ben Elton | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In the history of the British monarchy, there have been only two Diamond Jubilees.  Last month, Elizabeth II celebrated sixty years on the throne. In 1897 Queen Victoria marked the same milestone. To mark Victoria’s Jubilee the communal leader Lucien Wolf published an article that set out the progress that Jews had made during Victoria’s reign.
Alfred Nobel’s Other Mistake Alfred Nobel’s Other Mistake
Friday, July 20, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In a world obsessed with awards, the Nobel Prizes stand out as something special. As prizes proliferate, Nobel laureates still attain global respect in their fields and celebrity beyond, as well as, nowadays, a prize of over a million dollars.
UNESCO and the World Heritage Game UNESCO and the World Heritage Game
Monday, July 16, 2012 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, better known as UNESCO, claims to safeguard the shared patrimony of the entire human race.
Danube Blues Danube Blues
Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"Be sure not to wear a kippah on the street," a veteran Hungarian-Israeli businessman cautioned as we disembarked at Budapest's Ferihegy Airport.  With public opinion surveys showing it to be among the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe, I took warnings to be Jewishly discreet to heart throughout our visit to the Hungarian capital.
Evil and Id Evil and Id
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Ben Cohen | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In Freud's Last Session, Mark St. Germain's superlative play about a hypothetical encounter between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, there is a telling moment when the founder of psychoanalysis admits that he was slow to grasp the boundless evil of Nazism: "It took near tragedy for me to see Hitler for the monster he is."
The Cush Connection The Cush Connection
Monday, July 9, 2012 by Jonathan Neumann | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

One year ago today, South Sudan declared independence.  An elated Israel officially recognized the new state the next day.  In the year since, many optimistic hopes for the Middle East and North Africa have been dashed; but in the case of South Sudan, Israel’s optimism was justified. 
Freud in Zion Freud in Zion
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Three Jewishly-conflicted German speakers changed the course of modern history. By the time the first, Karl Marx, had died in 1883, Sigmund Freud and Theodor Herzl were rising stars in their twenties; later, they came to be neighbors living but a few doors apart on a Vienna street. 
Parsis and Jews, Exile and Return Parsis and Jews, Exile and Return
Monday, June 25, 2012 by Shai Secunda | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

At the turn of the 16th century, the Portuguese discovered an eastern passage to India that afforded them easy access to well-priced goods and to India’s natural wonders and human curiosities—and they encountered a community, exiled hundreds of years earlier, that many mistook for Jews.
The Last Holy Rebel The Last Holy Rebel
Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Yehudah Mirsky | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Some years ago, a friend asked what I thought was the more impressive title: "Rabbi," "Doctor," or (the often unwittingly self-parodying) "Rabbi Dr."  You know, I said, there's a man in Israel who's one of the most impressive talmidei hakhamim I've ever known—and he's not "Rabbi" or "Doctor."  
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Rationalizing the Commandments Lawrence H. Schiffman, The Pseudepigraphal Book of Jubilees, a retelling of Genesis, explains the Torah's commandments in terms of God's covenant with the Patriarchs.
The Path of Most Resistance Benjamin Ginsburg, GovStud. It is commonly assumed that European Jews made little effort to resist the Nazis.  But, if we "look for resistance where it was possible to resist," then "we come to a very different conclusion."
“The Feminist Time Forgot” Susan Faludi, New Yorker. Shulamith Firestone rejected her Orthodox upbringing and authoritarian father  to become one of the leaders of late 1960s radical feminism.  But her father's death reduced her to insanity.
Was Crucifixion a Jewish Penalty? Geza Vermes, Standpoint. Although never enumerated among biblical forms of capital punishment, both Josephus and the Dead Sea Scrolls suggest that during the Hasmonean era, crucifixion was part of Jewish penal legislation.
"More Estonians than Etonians" Charles C. Johnson, Tablet. A philo-Semite ever since her family rescued a Jewish girl from Vienna in 1938, Margaret Thatcher gave unprecedented prominence to Jewish politicians in her government.
Strangers in the Land Aaron A. Burke, Martin Peilstöcker, Popular Archaeology. For over 300 years, Egyptians and Canaanites fought for control of Jaffa.  But their violent interactions went hand-in-hand with cultural exchange.
Smiling on Yom Hashoah Chaim Steinmetz, Times of Israel. On Holocaust survivors at a Montreal memorial service: “Here they are, 68 years later, with their grandchildren. They have rebuilt their families and made profound contributions to our community.”
Israel, the Wilsonian Democracy Gil Troy, Daily Beast. When people ask whether Israel can be both Jewish and democratic, they usually imply that such a combination cannot exist.  Woodrow Wilson would have emphatically disagreed.
Shalit’s Return: Summing Up Up Ben Caspit, Jerusalem Post. “The bottom line is that the soldier came home and started a new life, and Israeli society held firm to the solidarity for which is it famous.”
Exodus to America Dorothea Wolfson, GovStud. "Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness," wrote pilgrim William Bradford, "but they cried unto the Lord, and he heard their voice."