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Shmuel Klatzkin
Shmuel Klatzkin
Shmuel Klatzkin is a rabbi and serves as senior editor at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and writes and teaches extensively.
by | Jan 25, 2020

A king “is appointed to protect his subjects in their lives, properties and laws; for this very end and purpose he has the delegation of power from the people; and he has no just claim to any other power than…

by | Jan 22, 2020

One of the most important goals of the Constitutional Convention was to establish a strong chief executive who would nonetheless not be a king. Nowhere is that balance between concentrated power and republican restraint on government more exposed than in…

by | Jan 19, 2020

Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden made a strange reference in a speech that he had carried out and released to Al Jazeera: We should raise again the unique flag of Allah on all stolen Islamic land,…

by | Jan 8, 2020

Dissenting in the case of Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co. (2009), the late Justice Antonin Scalia (1936–2016) wrote, A Talmudic maxim instructs with respect to the Scripture: “Turn it over, and turn it over, for all is therein.”…

by | Jan 4, 2020

Just before the start of the holiday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson posted a rousing Chanukah video message to British Jews and Jews the world over. A major issue in the recent elections had been the anti-Semitism of the leader…

by | Dec 22, 2019

Chances are, if you learned about the history of modern political freedom in high school or university, you were taught that it advanced as the Western world retreated from religion. Freedom of religion meant freedom from religion. With intelligent people…

by | Dec 19, 2019

Mindfulness is the key to freedom. Little is entirely new; becoming aware of patterns enables one to discern between the repetitive and the true opportunity of the present moment. Impeachment is one such instance of this general truth. The great…

by | Dec 7, 2019

The impeachment proceedings give us evidence once again of the genius of the Framers of the American Constitution and of the English constitutionalists whose thought they embraced and developed. Constitutionalism is the alternative to basing government on a master idea….

by | Dec 3, 2019

Episode 1: Give ’Em Hell, Harry! About a decade after he left the Oval Office, Harry Truman hosted an emissary from Israel’s prime minister in his Independence, Missouri, home. After sharing a stroll around the neighborhood, greeting all and sundry…

by | Nov 25, 2019

Nearly 20 years ago, in the wake of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, the masterful Wendell Berry wrote an impassioned essay. The “only result,” he wrote, of the wrenching confrontation, sponsored by the majority of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, was…

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