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Historic Decision in Israel: Rabbi Miri Gold Recognized by State

Editor’s Note: The following post was issued as a press release this afternoon following the news today that Rabbi Miri Gold would become the first non-orthodox Rabbi to be paid by the State of Israel. Israeli Reform Rabbi Miri Gold will be the first non-orthodox Rabbi to be paid by the State of Israel, under […]

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Want to support Israel? Start here!

With Yom Ha Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) on April 26th, and the first Reform Israel Shabbat immediately following, we know that Israel is on a lot of people’s minds right now. The easiest, most basic way for a Reform Jew to support Israel and its democratic, inclusive nature is to join ARZA! By belonging to […]

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Welcome to the ARZA Blog!

Welcome to the new ARZA Blog!  As part of the URJ family, ARZA now has a place to share the latest thinking and news about our work and that of the Reform Movement in Israel. We will be featuring posts from ARZA staff, Rabbis across the US and in Israel, as well as leaders from […]

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A Nation Revived: Anshei Chayil

“We have gathered up human particles and combined them into the fruitful and creative nucleus of a nation revived.” This is how David Ben Gurion described the way that the State of Israel evolved in our own time. We are part of the revival. Through our liturgy and our calendar Israel is ever present. Wherever […]

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Tu B’Sh’vat: A Personal Reflection

by Barbara Kavadias While we have been having a relatively warm winter in the United States, it cannot compare to what winter is like in Israel.  It is the rainy season there, the time of year that Israel greens up, with cooler temperatures and rain (which feels like a miracle every time I experience it) […]

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Real Estate and the Jewish Problem

Location Location Location is the mantra of all those involved with real estate and national development.  It was true for Abraham, the first Jew to own property in Israel. God could promise Abraham and the Jewish people the land of Israel but only a person could actually acquire the real estate. Abraham’s first purchase was […]

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Spread over us the Sukkah of Peace

Sukkot is Zeman Simchatenu- “The Time of our Rejoicing.” We celebrate our bounty even while acknowledging that we are not ultimately in charge. Why else would we dwell in a flimsy booth, with a see-through roof, often times in the cold? We do so to acknowledge that only God can truly provide protection from harm. […]

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A heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear

Moses concludes his recitation of blessing and curses when instructing what it means to come into the land by telling the people that only today, forty years after their birth as a people, forty years after the wandering in the desert, have they attained a “heart to know, eyes to see and ears to hear”. […]

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Question: Nachamu, Answer: Nachamu Ami

Nachamu, Nachamu Ami are the words of Isaiah on the Shabbat following Tisha B’av. “Comfort Ye Comfort Ye Oh My People. “ The Jewish people twice lost our center of gravity, the place from which emanated both religious and political authority; our two temples. Fasting and the reading of Lamentations is the traditional commemoration of […]

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Old New Land

“Twenty years before, Kingscourt and Friedrich, had entered Jerusalem by night and from the west. Now they came by day, approaching from the east. Then she had been a gloomy, dilapidated city; now she was risen in splendor, youthful, alert, risen from death to life.” -Theodor Herzl, Altenueland I thought of this passage often during […]

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