Hot Topics

Makom’s Hot Topics aim to ask Jewish questions of Israeli current affairs.

Designed to be short, accessible, and challenging, each Hot Topic attempts to ask us to align our Jewish identity with the ongoing drama of Israel and the Jewish People.

We are currently experimenting with a double-format – two pieces from two different perspectives on the same issue… Comments are welcome!

The end of heroism in Gaza?

December 26, 2008

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“Who is a hero?” asks Ben Zoma in Ethics of the Fathers (4:1).

The popular translation offers the anwer: “He who conquers his own rage.”

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Gilad Shalit and the Talmud

December 12, 2008

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Maimonides said that “there is no greater mitzvah than paying the ransom to free captives.” The Jewish People has a long and honorable history of following Maimonides’ injunction. The Shulhan Aruch even judges that ransoming captives is more important than feeding or clothing the poor.

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It’s the vision thing

November 10, 2008

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Barack Obama presented a vision of the future to the American people, and they responded.

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