Halacha and the Fourth Estate

Halacha and the Fourth Estate Identifying the Problem “…the player directly responsible for Hapoel losing this critical game was the team’s goalkeeper, Haim Cohen. His amateurish blunder in letting the ball slip through his hands gave Maccabi their first goal, and the second was the result of Cohen’s poor positioning for the free kick. Nor was this the first game […]

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Diamonds Are Not Forever – an article at Israel Knowledge@Wharton

Diamonds Are Not Forever: Industry Moves from Israel to India: If in the 1980s and 1990s Israel was the world’s major producer of polished diamonds, successfully juggling low labor costs and traditional diamond-cutting knowledge, today the hum of the polishing wheels is mostly silent in Ramat Gan, the city at the heart of the Israeli industry, as the polishing industry has moved abroad, to […]

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How Will Egypt’s Political Upheaval Impact Israel? – an article in Israel Knowledge@Wharton

How Will Egypt’s Political Upheaval Impact Israel?   “The world has watched in awed amazement as an unprecedented wave of popular political protest has swept North Africa and the Middle East during recent months. For Israel, situated at the heart of the region stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf, the potential implications of these developments go far […]

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The Future of Israeli Harediut

The Future of Israeli Harediut – The  Demise of Welfare-State Judaism and Beyond No issue in Israeli public life arouses the range and intensity of emotions as does anything relating to Haredim and Harediut – the terms used for the “ultra-Orthodox” and their lifestyle*1. A typical discussion on any Haredi-related issue is laden with ideology, dogma and opinion, but short […]

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Sounds of Silence

Sonuds of Silence Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Can you point me to rabbis or other leadership figures in the Orthodox Jewish community who have spoken or written about the moral aspects of the financial crash and the economic crisis—and about a specifically Jewish ethical and moral view of what happened, relating also […]

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