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Rabbi Kaufman's Understanding The World

Jun 2, 2019

A realistic assessment of where relations between Israelis and Palestinians and between Jews and Arabs are in May of 2019 and possibilities for improvement in those relationships leading to "peace" and resolutions that could lead to the development of a Palestinian state or states of some sort alongside Israel.


Jun 2, 2019

Background of Zionism and then a discussion of early Immigration to Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine followed by the birth of the modern nation of Israel and issues related to divisions between American and Israeli Jews.


Jun 2, 2019

Part of my Introduction to Judaism class series discussing the concept of Philosemitism, love of the Jews, and Modern Antisemitism particularly in relation to Anti-Zionism. If you're interested in the latter concept, please also see my May 2019 Understanding the World Class in which I discussed Soviet Anti-Zionism and...


Jun 2, 2019

Looking at the foundations of Social Action in the Jewish tradition, the concepts of Justice (Mishpat), Righteousness (Tzedek), and Kindness (Chesed) in the Jewish tradition.


Jun 2, 2019

During my May class for the Ray Society, I discussed:

•Background on ISIS Anti-Christian terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka
•Soviet Anti-Zionism as the origin of Left Wing Antisemitism
•Targeting and Intimidating Jews during Apartheid Week on Campus
•Issues of Holocaust Memory in relation to Palestinians...