The destruction of the Temple can teach us a great deal about the dangers of Israel’s tendency to settle disputes solely through the law.
Israel’s fate will be determined in an ongoing battle between four conflicting visions.
Despite their numbers and importance, the ultra-Orthodox are Israel’s biggest sociological mystery.
In some ways, the law prioritizes Diaspora Jews over non-Jewish Israeli citizens. But in other ways, Israeli law is antithetical to their values.
Jews often describe themselves as having a responsibility to work toward tikkun olam, the repairing of the social problems and ethical shortcomings of our time. To many Jews this is a familiar concept on both a private and communal level, but it takes on an entirely new meaning with the modern State of Israel.