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Ki Teitzei, Ethics, and Israel



I think that Parashat Ki Teitzei is one of those Torah portions that particularly resonates with Progressive Jews.  It is fittingly placed in Elul, the month before the High Holidays.  The portion is filled with the basic ethics of how we treat our fellow human beings, such as: Do not withhold wages even to those […]

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Add New Voices to Israel’s Ruling Orthodox Authority



This Shabbat we begin the book of Deuteronomy, the fifth of the five books of Moses. Thisparashah, Devarim, is always read before Tishah B’Av, (tisha is ninth, Av is the second to last month in the Hebrew calendar) when we commemorate many terrible things that happened in our history. The most poignant themes of the holy day […]

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The ‘Z’ in ARZA



Numerous news articles have come out in the Forward, New York Times, Jewish Week and Haaretz covering the vote in the UN on upgrading the status of Palestine in the world community. Statements have also been released by URJ and CCAR, with the support of ARZA and ARZA Canada, as well as controversies arising from […]

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Who Should Listen to Women’s Voices



There is an old Chinese saying: Women hold up half the sky. It would seem that, in this world view, women and their contributions to life are of equal importance to those of men. This does not really speak to the nature of those contributions, if they are the same or different efforts, but that […]

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A Missing Voice



Since last summer’s tent city protests in Israel, there has been a great deal of public debate about the public subsidy for Yeshiva studies, coupled with its exemption from Israel’s Universal Draft, used almost entirely by Haredi Jews.  This topic was taken up by the Israel Courts, who found the current system unacceptable.  It was […]

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Pesach from Israel to New Mexico



Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM and Yedid Nefesh in Carmiel, Israel have formed a twinning relationship this year through ARZA.  They are coming up with some very creative ways to get to know each other and to form a Mifgash or connection.  Their Pesach project provides all of us with a window on the practice […]

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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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