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    • Against Court and Constitution: A Never-Before-Translated Speech by David Ben-Gurion 

      Rogachevsky, Neil; Ben-Gurion, David (Mosaic is published by Bee.Ideas, LLC, an affiliate of the Tikvah Fund., 2021-03-10)
      In this newly translated speech, David Ben-Gurion makes the case against any kind of written formal constitution for the Jewish state. The speech was translated by Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky for ...
    • Ben-Gurion: The Man Who Willed A State 

      Rogachevsky, Neil (2020-07-01)
      As a new biography shows, David Ben-Gurion could be petty, harsh, and stubborn. He also decisively shaped almost every institution that would form the state of Israel. Straus Center Associate Director Dr. Neil Rogachevsky ...
    • The BEST: Democracy in America 

      Halpern, Stuart (Rabbinical Council of America, 2021-03-04)
      Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern reviews Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America for Tradition's "The BEST" column.
    • The Book of Ruth Taught Me that True Friendship Can’t Be Explained 

      Halpern, Stuart (Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA), 2021-05-12)
      Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern reflects on Naomi and Ruth's relationship in the Book of Ruth and what it says about the inarticulable nature of friendship itself.
    • Chained melody. 

      Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2021-02-05)
      As Jews know, the greatest Super Bowl heroes aren’t the quarterbacks or the linebackers but the chain-movers.
    • Cinderella and Esther 

      Trapedo, Shaina (New Jersey: The Jewish Standard, 2021-02-10)
      In an interview with The Jewish Standard, Dr. Shaina Trapedo, adjunct English professor at Yeshiva University, discusses how Esther is the anti-Cinderella and reflects on the power of stories.
    • The common cause of religious Americans 

      Soloveichik, Meir (American Jewish Committee, Commentary Inc., 2021-01)
      Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik comments on the media reaction to the court cases Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York vs. Andrew Cuomo and Agudath Israel of America vs. Cuomo.
    • Counting the Omer, the anti-Peloton. 

      Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2021-03-31)
      Why the ancient ritual of counting the Omer is the perfect antidote to personalized spirituality on demand.
    • Dignity in Flames 

      Lerner, Dov (First Things, 2019-12-23)
      Rabbi Dr. Dov. Lerner remarks on the tension between the pure halakhic utility of the Chanukah candles and their public symbolism.
    • The enduring story of Esther in America. 

      Halpern, Stuart (TRIBE Media, 2021-02-16)
      The author explores the theme of identity in the story of Esther, arguing that society can only flourish if it allows others to wear their community loyalties proudly.
    • Esther in America 

      Halpern, Stuart (First Things, 2021-02-26)
      Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern highlights the role the Book of Esther has played throughout American history
    • The Exodus: America's ever-present inspiration 

      Halpern, Stuart (The Lehrhaus, 2020-04-13)
      Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern surveys the various ways the story of Passover has served as a source of inspiration for America.
    • The fast for the furious. 

      Halpern, Stuart (Nextbook, 2020-10-21)
      Why Tzom Gedaliah is the observance our angry society desperately needs.
    • A former Catholic dances with the Torah. 

      Soloveichik, Meir (Almar Latour, 2020-10-09)
      Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik reminds us that God’s word is the center of Jewish life and that, when all else fails, the Book of Books sustains us.
    • Freedom and the Flames of Faith: A Tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, zt”l 

      Lerner, Dov (, 2020)
      Writing for YU Chanukah To-Go, Straus Center Resident Scholar Rabbi Dov Lerner makes the case for Chanukah as a celebration of, in the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, "personal responsibility for the moral-spiritual order."
    • Friendship in the fields of Moab 

      Halpern, Stuart (2020-05-27)
      Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern analyzes the friendship between Ruth and Naomi through the philosophy of C. S. Lewis.
    • Gleaning the Wisdom of Ruth 

      Halpern, Stuart (The Lehrhaus, 2021-05-11)
      Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern reviews Reading Ruth, a commentary on the Book of Ruth authored by Leon Kass and his granddaughter, Hannah Mandelbaum.
    • God at the Inauguration 

      Halpern, Stuart; Troy, Tevi (Almar Latour, 2021-01-01)
      Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern and Dr. Tevi Troy track the history of biblical allusions and quotes in U.S. presidential inaugural speeches.
    • God Delivered the Pilgrims—and My People 

      Soloveichik, Meir (Dow Jones, 2013-10-22)
      Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik reflects on the convergence of Thanksgiving with the first day of Hanukkah.
    • God’s Providence and the United States: A Thanksgiving Reader on Judaism and the American Idea 

      Soloveichik, Meir (Yeshiva University:, 2013-11-13)
      Much has been made in the media of the fact that Thanksgiving occurs this year on the first day of Chanukah. While this has provided much fodder for humorous remarks about "Thanksgivukkah," in fact, the convergence of ...