Archive: Jonathan D. Sarna
There is, to be sure, real suffering in Gaza, notwithstanding the humanitarian aid that Israel and others provide. But having undermined all efforts at peace, violated all agreements aimed at improving the lives of its residents, and elected time and again to fight Israel rather than fight poverty and privation in its midst, Gaza hardly deserves to be rewarded.
By Jonathan D. Sarna | June 8, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (13)
Christian doctrine usually insists upon saving the life of the unborn child, even if that means sacrificing the life of the mother. By contrast, Jewish law argues that the mother's life takes precedence in such cases, since the unborn child represents potential life, while the Mother is alive.
By Jonathan D. Sarna | May 18, 2010; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (6)
Three "isolated incidents" in just over a month should give us pause.
By Jonathan D. Sarna | June 11, 2009; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (100)
The only solution, once Hamas is vanquished, is to temper inflexible religion with flexible politics. Most Israelis, and a good many Arabs, stand ready to achieve a political solution in the Middle East. Whatever their religious beliefs, they understand that compromise is necessary, that the time has come for "the art of what's possible."
By Jonathan D. Sarna | January 6, 2009; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (5)
Ultimately, most Jews voted for Obama, quite simply, because they found him to be the better candidate. Tallying up the qualities of the two sides, they searched their consciences, and picked the person whom they thought best qualified for the job.
By Jonathan D. Sarna | November 7, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (5)