When going to the polls in November, American Jews should consider the principle of pikuah nefesh (saving a life) above tikkun olam, writes Dovid Efune in Algemeiner.
Living as we are today in perilous times, surely a candidate’s tikkun olam credentials shouldn’t serve as the primary Judaic principle guiding the Jewish vote. In the days since Obama has led this country, Jews have witnessed unspeakable horrors in places like Toulose, Burgas and Itamar among others. Syrians are being slaughtered daily, and the threat of a nuclear armed Iran carries with it the Ayatollah’s promise of Israel’s attempted annihilation. Shouldn’t pikuach nefesh be the first consideration?
The settler movement is stronger than ever, in no small part due to a government wishing to avoid confrontation, writes Dan Ephron in the Daily Beast.
After a court case forced Netanyahu to evacuate roughly 30 families from another outpost earlier this year, he simply approved the construction of hundreds of new homes elsewhere in the West Bank. The Migron eviction has triggered a similar spree.
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