On Monday, September 25, an embattled and persecuted people democratically voted for their independence. Voter turnout was high, approximately 72 per cent of the 8.4 million-strong population taking part. On Wednesday evening, election officials in Irbil, the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)'s capital, announced that the Kurdish people voted overwhelmingly in favor (93%) of the creation of an independent Kurdistan.
Over the past month, Jerusalem has been flooded by young men and women arriving from the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom to begin a year of study in yeshiva or seminary. These students come to Israel for a year of learning, growth, and personal development. For many of them, the year will be a turning point in their lives.
The Mishna in Ethics of Our Fathers teaches that a 70-year-old has reached a “ripe old age” (“seiva” in Hebrew), a term used in the Book of Chronicles to describe King David, who died at age 70.
We are six days, or 144 hours, away from Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
In a “signing statement” President Trump called Congress’ law stiffening sanctions against Russia “significantly flawed.” He criticized two provisions as “clearly unconstitutional,” even though he “shares the policy” they express. These provisions were declarations by Congress that the United States does not recognize Russia’s occupation of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. They conflict, the “signing statement” says, “with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Zivotofsky v. Kerry.”
The following is a first-person account of the events of August 12 from the president of one of the Jewish congregations in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was originally published on the website of the Union for Reform Judiasm and has since been referenced and quoted by multiple news outlets.
“We need to defund the PA.”
“You’re preaching to the choir, sir.”
This was a snippet of a conversation with Senator Ted Cruz (Tx. – R) about the status of the Taylor Force Act during the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2017. The act would defund U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as long as it continues paying the families of terrorists.
I am fascinated by the spirituality of hearing. Hearing requires an intrinsic connection between the source of the sound and the one who hears. The dynamics of hearing are emphasized throughout the Tanach, Talmud, and our liturgy. It focuses on us hearing G-d and each other, as well as G-d listening to us. Ultimately, our acts of listening and responding will bring redemption.
The holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, will soon be upon us, and many will fulfill the once-a-year commandment of hearing the sound of the Shofar.
This article was originally published by Red Alert Politics.
At the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), I passed by prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer, who beforehand said, “Effectively, any policy, idea, or belief that is markedly right-wing and traditional — that evokes identity, power, hierarchy, and dominance — must be regulated by the possibility that it could potentially lead back to the German Führer.”
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