Browsing Archives of Author »Josh Friedlander«

Reading Yeshayahu Leibowitz: a Jewish philosophy for the twenty-first century

September 13, 2012


Questions about Judaism’s place within Israeli society have been around since before the existence of the Jewish state, but there have been few coherent answers put forward. One of the most outspoken voices on this issue, as well as others relating to Jewish identity in the State-of-Israel era, was the scientist, teacher, and philosopher Yeshayahu […]

Israel in the Media – Two Brief Reviews

March 5, 2012


Stepping into the fray of a debate about the Middle East is always a nerve-racking experience. Tensions run high, and well-meant words can easily be misconstrued. Despite this, I would like to pass comment on two articles relating to Israel published this past week. In both cases, while the criticism they were making may have […]

The Day the Buses Stood Still

December 19, 2011


Israel needs America – financially, diplomatically, and militarily. It’s a fact. So when U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton makes an observation, even about a relatively minor point of domestic policy, Israelis tend to sit up and listen. That is not to say that the point in contention is minor to everyone. Secretary Clinton, speaking […]

Fear & Loathing in Washington Heights

December 12, 2011


The winds of scandal were blowing in full force across the Jewish world last week. An article printed in an online publication run by Yeshiva University students became the centre of controversy, and the school demanded that the article be removed. The ensuing debate was covered by Fox News and later even in some other news sources and […]

The Libel Law: a threat to Israeli democracy?

December 5, 2011


by Joshua Friedlander “Democracy Under Attack” screamed the webpage of Ha’aretz – a popular, left-leaning Israeli broadsheet last week. The event prompting the headline was a proposed alteration to the wording of the Libel Law, submitted this month to the Knesset by three members of its ruling coalition. Having passed a first reading, the change is […]

The New Face of Instantaneity: how Twitter describes our world

November 27, 2011


by Joshua Friedlander Just the other week, New York cops cleared out hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in Manhattan’s financial district. There was a feeling among the protesters that the movement had come of age, that at last the image of bored hipsters latching onto a cause had been somewhat dispelled. As I […]

Obituary: Nosson Tzvi Finkel (1943-2011)

November 15, 2011


By Joshua Friedlander The passing of elderly rabbis is a fairly regular, if unhappy, event in Jerusalem; but few of them as wide a ripple across the Jewish world as that of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, rosh yeshiva (dean) of the Mir Yeshiva, who passed away on November 8th at the age of 68, after […]