July 27, 2012 | 1:33 am
Judaism is enjoying an unexpected revival, writes says David Landau in The Economist, but there are deep religious and political divisions, mostly centered on Israel.
In the smaller diaspora communities, too, Jews are prospering, though there is nowhere with quite that same sense of complete, seamless belonging as in America. In Russia and Ukraine, where Judaism and Zionism were repressed in communist times, Jews are prominent in business. Jewish philanthropy is rebuilding community life for those who opted to stay rather than emigrate to Israel or the West.
A post-Assad Syria will likely create distinct challenges for each of its neighbors, including creating a major loss for Iran, Michael Young tells the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Israelis are focusing today in Syria on the issue of chemical weapons, whether these will reach Hezbollah. These are tactical issues which are quite important with respect to Israeli security, but in the long term, the real question the Israelis have failed to answer is: How do they adapt to change in the Arab world?
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