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Rabbi Kaufman's Understanding The World

Nov 22, 2019

I explain how we got the calendars that we have today and offer a basic outline of the Jewish holidays through the calendar year.


Nov 22, 2019

This is part of an ongoing class for the Ray Society of Drake University on current events. I began with the conflict between the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel which broke out the night before. Then I spoke about the Whistleblower law and need for it. I also spoke about the killing of al-Baghdadi, the impact of...


Nov 22, 2019

My class for the Ray Society of Drake University in October 2019. I primarily spoke about events in Syria, explaining who is who and what is going on. This class took place five days before the killing of al-Baghdadi and was at a time of grave concern about Turkey's invasion of northern Syria and an anticipated...


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.