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Humanism: Or, What's Missing From Orthodox Judaism

When you hear the word "humanism" today, you probably think it's coming from some secular leftist.  But you'd be wrong, or at least, you should be wrong: Orthodox Judaism once had a healthy humanistic vein that Jews would do well to remember.  That is the argument put forward by Rabbi Shai Held in a provocative article last month.

Julian and Juliano: "Miral" and the Death of an Actor

Earlier this week the Israeli-Arab actor and peace activist Juliano Mer Khamis, 52, was shot dead, presumably by Palestinian militants.  The New York Times had a moving story about the funeral for Mer Khamis held on Wednesday, reporting that the Israeli government allowed his coffin to be taken briefly to the edge of a West Bank checkpoint. They made the gesture so his Palestinian supporters could pay their respects, as they were not permitted to go to his burial inside Israel.

Burston's tragic vision after Itamar

For days, I've been trying to figure out the multiple meanings of the terrible killings in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, where a family of five was stabbed and slashed to death in their sleep.

Contrary to the claims of some, we don't know that this was organized terrorism, or that the cause was “incitement,” although when the killers are found both may turn out to be true.

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