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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Why A Bi-Polar Memorial Celebration? It’s Profoundly Jewish

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Why A Bi-Polar Memorial Celebration? It’s Profoundly Jewish Israel’s practice of connecting Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) is highly unusual. The U.S. has five weeks between them (last

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – The Jewish Heritage & Israel: Tribal Partying

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – The Jewish Heritage & Israel: Tribal Partying “Political Culture” is deep-rooted – sometimes so deep that uprooting it proves impossible. Contemporary Israeli politics and society might seem to be light years away fro

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig Physically emPOWERing Women is the Only Real Way to Stop Violence Against Them

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig Physically emPOWERing Women is the Only Real Way to Stop Violence Against Them. Israel is in the throes of a wave of (mostly) domestic violence against women. Great Britain is in shock over a brutal murder – with massive female d

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Converting the Torah

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Converting the Torah The latest Israeli pre-election brouhaha revolves around the High Court of Justice’s ruling that non-Orthodox conversions are legitimate for eligibility regarding the Right of Return, i.e., automatic

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Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Purim: A Holiday for the Jewish People but NOT for Judaism

Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Purim: A Holiday for the Jewish People but NOT for Judaism Despite its very festive nature, the holiday of Purim based on the Book of Esther is an object lesson of what can happen when we become too comfortable with a traditional

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Why is Lapid Beating Saar and Bennett?

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Why is Lapid Beating Saar and Bennett? The past weeks have seen some dynamic change in Israel’s election polls, mostly within the Right/Center camp. Lapid’s Yesh Atid is up by several seats (approaching twenty), while S

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Fighting or Righting Extremism in Israel and the World

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Fighting or Righting Extremism in Israel and the World Right-wing populist extremism has increased dramatically in the past few years. Governments have begun to comprehend the threat to democracy and are fighting back. Unfo

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Two Roads Taken Towards Israeli Integration: Arabs & Haredim

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Two Roads Taken Towards Israeli Integration: Arabs & Haredim Israel has entered a new era with its two major non-Zionist sectors finally moving to integrate into general society. But the path taken by the ultra-Orthodox har

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Kowtowing to “Authority”

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Kowtowing to “Authority” Which of these two is worse? 1- Elected officials acceding to illegal commands of a legal authority; 2- Elected officials acceding to illegal commands of a non-legal authority. Welcome to the U.

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – The Totally Taboo Topic: Why Are American Jews So Successful?

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – The Totally Taboo Topic: Why Are American Jews So Successful? There is almost no question that the American Jewish community considers off limits for public discussion, except for this: why are Jews so successful? Most Jews

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Israel’s Slow-Moving, Real Political Earthquake

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Israel’s Slow-Moving, Real Political Earthquake Tectonic pressure is never seen and moves slowly – but its effect can be huge. Israel is presently undergoing such a political pre-“earthquake”, but it’s not what th

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig - Post-Truth: Why Are Religious Fundamentalists So Anti-Science?

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Post-Truth: Why Are Religious Fundamentalists So Anti-Science? On the face of it, there is a huge gap between Evangelical Protestants (also other religious fundamentalists) and ultra-Orthodox Jews (haredim). But on at least

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig - The Oldest Jewish Tradition of All: Protest

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – The Oldest Jewish Tradition of All: Protest In Israel today, and for several weeks, protest has been rife all over the country – despite and also because of Corona. Much has already been written and argued as to whether t

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig - Why American Orthodox Jews are Voting Red, and the non-Orthodox Blue

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Why American Orthodox Jews are Voting Red, and the non-Orthodox Blue The divide between American Orthodox Jewry and their non-Orthodox compatriots is growing – not only religiously but politically as well. Conventional wi

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig - Judaism and Cancel Culture

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Judaism and Cancel Culture America’s “Cancel Culture” wars have reached a new peak, with a recent Vox podcast attack on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as “classist” (not “classicist”). In any case, with commemor