Tag Archives: Israel

A Fifth Cup – Going Beyond What is Required

By Rabbi Joshua Weinberg Growing up, I struggled with the impression that being a Reform Jew meant that we did less. Fewer mitzvot, shorter holiday observance, and less time spent in Jewish education. It was a stigma that I carried with me as I wrestled with and contemplated my own Jewish identity. This lead me […]

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The Invisible Arab Citizens of the State of Israel

By Rabbi John Rosove The vote last week in the Knesset to raise the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25% has been interpreted by some as an effort to exclude small Arab and Jewish left-wing parties in which 12 Arabs currently sit as MKs. Whether this is true or not, the bill raises the issue, […]

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Connecting the Dots

By Risa Barisch and Jason Paddock It was downright arctic on a recent Shabbat morning as Alex Cicelsky spoke to dozens of Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple members in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Snow had begun to fall outside, adding inches more to cold, icy peaks already on the ground, but Alex had transported us to […]

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Unto Zion We Shall Give Torah

By Rabbi Joshua Weinberg “All the people gathered themselves together as one man into the broad place that was before the water gate; and they spoke unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the Law of Moses, which Adonai had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the Law before the […]

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The Presbyterian Church USA Confronts an Extremist anti-Semitic Faction

By Rabbi John Rosove Yet again, anti-Semitic extremists within The Presbyterian Church USA have asserted themselves with the publication of a new “study guide” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This “guide” was released by the “Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA)” and is titled “Zionism Unsettled.” It comes with a companion DVD. In its […]

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Wrap-Up / Take-Aways

By Rabbi Neal Gold Back on the ground in the Old Country and I’m thinking what the takeaways from this ARZA Leadership Mission are. It was a very full week. Each day was densely packed with meeting inspiring people—activists for social justice, pioneers living their ideals, and leaders of the Reform movement, teachers and students, […]

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Shabbat with Rabbi Miri Gold & Other Pioneers

By Rabbi Neal Gold A beautiful Shabbat evening with the chevra at Kehillat Birkat Shalom on Kibbutz Gezer. Many thanks to Rabbi Miri Gold, David Leichman, and many new friends for another Shabbat that was invigorating, fun, and inspirational.  It was the antidote to a heavy, heavy day – and it was the perfect way […]

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Palestine

By Rabbi Neal Gold Friday our ARZA mission spent in Ramallah, just a few miles (a stone’s throw?) from Jerusalem. Ramallah is the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority. The influx of money meant to catalyze the peace process means it is a relatively affluent city; there are some beautiful homes, high-rise hotels, Birzeit […]

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Lotan, Yahel: Pioneers in the Desert

By Rabbi Neal Gold Of all things I love about Israel, I think there is one umbrella that captures most of them:  The opportunity to live out, on a daily basis, a life of idealism.  I know that’s possible anywhere – but it doesn’t happen everywhere. A journey south into the desert puts this most […]

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Israel’s Worst, and Best

By Rabbi Neal Gold I’m in Tel Aviv on the ARZA Leadership Mission. This is Part 2 of Monday’s reflections. The second half of Monday careened between two poles of the best and worst of Israel. The afternoon was very powerful.  Our group from ARZA went to the most depressed and desperate part of Tel […]

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