Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
Pope: "Sharia law can be a basis for a modern constitution." I doubt Sharia can achieve much beyond dictatorships and totalitarianism. A "modern" constitution requires human rights and personal freedoms, with diversity, tolerance, pluralism, etc. The US Constitution achieves human rights and personal freedoms. Despite it was written in the 18th century it proves remarkably robust and continues to serve as the foundation of the US legal system, even now in the 21st century. Of course, the Constitution requires "updates" (amendments) to help it address the issues of the times. Likewise, Rambam is robust. Even tho his halakha was written in the 12th century, it can with appropriate halakhic updates function as a viable legal foundation for a "modern" Israeli society with human rights and personal freedoms, that is tolerant, diverse and pluralistic.