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!
January 22, 2009
If demonstrations and media reports are anything to go by, it would seem that the overwhelming majority of the world condemns Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. In Israel a mirror-image exists, whereby the consensus in favor of the campaign has been huge. Over the last few weeks it would appear that Israel and Israelis have not been trying to curry favor with the world.
January 16, 2009
In 1985 the racist fundamentalist Kach Party of Meir Kahane was banned from running in the elections, after an amendment to Israeli Election law was passed. This amendment prohibited a party to campaign for election if it either opposes Israel as a Jewish state, or incites to racism.
January 12, 2009
It is an astonishing film. Stunning animation, beautiful soundtrack, and a storyline that penetrates your soul. A deserved winner of the Golden Globe best foreign film (not that we’ve seen any of the other films!), and we wish it all the best for the Oscars. We recommend you go to see it, and offer you a free download of our Makom guide.
January 7, 2009
The task of any country’s army is to protect its citizens, to protect itself, and to avoid injuring civilians while doing battle with the enemy. After having targeted Israeli civilian targets for years, and after having invested in developing longer range missiles at the expense of its people’s welfare, it would seem that Hamas, in this sense, is no army.
December 26, 2008
“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.”
December 12, 2008
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.
November 10, 2008
Barack Obama presented a vision of the future to the American people, and they responded.