Tag Archives: Israel

Déjà vu All Over Again

By Rabbi Josh Weinberg, ARZA President If you ever feel like following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a sad rerun, where you might find yourself saying “no, don’t go in there!” or humming a refrain of “Mah Nishtanah HaLailah HaZeh…?” then you wouldn’t be far from reality. Israel has once again come under fire. Hamas has […]

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Plant a seed and watch it grow: a little bit of Kibbutz Lotan at OSRUI

By Marlene Dodinval with Arielle Solomon, Teva Specialist, OSRUI (URJ Camp, Oconomowoc, WI) 18 months ago I introduced Alex Cicelsky of Kibbutz Lotan to OSRUI’s Associate Director, Susan Alexander in the hope that ARZA could help foster a partnership between the URJ’s first camp and Lotan.  I watched Susan’s excitement grow as they discussed the […]

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Torateinu ARZA – in Israel!!!!

By Rabbi Josh Weinberg, ARZA President “משה קיבל תורה מסיני ומסרה ליהושע, ויהושע לזקנים, וזקנים לנביאים, ונביאים מסרוה לאנשי כנסת הגדולה.” אבות א:א “Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to the Men of the Great Assembly.” […]

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NFTY at 75 – Think Big

By Rabbi Josh Weinberg A Jew who participates in the suffering of his nation and its fate, but does not join in its destiny, which is expressed in a life of Torah and mitzvot, destroys the essence of Judaism and injures his own uniqueness. By the same token, a Jew who is observant but does […]

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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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