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  • The “Jewish” Vote

    By Aryeh Cohen

    May 23, 2012 | 6:16 pm

    Now that the election season is heating up, once again the question will be asked, what does the Jewish community want? How will they vote? What will they base their choice on? If you listen to the polls, the pundits and the politicians (and many of the putative spokespeople for the... read on

  • A Lack of Imagination is Dangerous: On Israel, Iran and ♥

    By Aryeh Cohen

    March 31, 2012 | 10:16 pm

    There is something of a surprising campaign which has taken hold on Facebook which has also garnered some attention in the press. Two Israelis, Roni Edry and Michal Tamir added a poster to their Facebook profile with this statement in bold colors: “Iranians, we will never bomb... read on

  • On Immigration and Holiness

    By Aryeh Cohen

    March 4, 2012 | 12:59 am

    What might it mean to be holy? One interesting definition is found in the thirteenth century commentary by the Spanish Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, often referred to as Nachmanides. In commenting on the verse from Leviticus 19: “You shall be holy, for I, God your God am holy,”... read on

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  • Purim, Persia and … Ahmadinejad ?

    By Aryeh Cohen

    February 29, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Purim is upon us. Remember Purim? For those not in the know, Purim is the next in the order of Jewish holidays which fit the meme: “they tried to kill us, they didn’t, lets eat,”—though Purim adds “and drink,”—a lot. Most Jews who celebrate Purim remember it as the... read on

  • Justice in the City: The Book is Here

    By Aryeh Cohen

    February 8, 2012 | 9:21 am

    Justice in the City

    I am very happy to announce that my book Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism is out and available at Academic Studies Press and Amazon.com.

    You can now download and read the introduction of the book here (just click on the cover image).

    I hope that this will whet your appetite or stimulate your curiosity or at least disturb in a productive way, and hopefully you will buy the book and incorporate it in your discussions about how to make our part of the world a more just place.

  • The Police Commissioner and the Policies of Paranoia

    By Aryeh Cohen

    January 25, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    This month, when a group of New York City police officers showed up for their required counter-terrorism training, they got to watch a movie. … The film is called The Third Jihad. It is 72 minutes of gruesome footage of bombing carnage, frenzied crowds, burning American flags,... read on

  • The “Citizens United” decision and the image of God

    By Aryeh Cohen

    January 2, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    There was once a healthy and interesting conversation in this country about the relationship between religion and democracy. Not the specious bombast of the Rick Perryesque “America is a Christian country so we should be able to hate anybody we want and celebrate Christmas” kind... read on

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