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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

A Fifth Cup – Going Beyond What is Required



By 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 to […]

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Unto Zion We Shall Give Torah



By Rabbi Josh 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 congregation, both […]

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NFTY at Women of the Wall



By Sarah Rosemont This past November, I traveled to Israel as part of a NFTY delegation team in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Women of the Wall. Today, more than two months later, I still don’t know how to describe the trip in a way that will do it justice. How can I […]

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The Politics of Exclusion – An Open Letter to MKs David Rotem and Uri Maklev



By Joshua Weinberg Ben Zoma was wont to say: “Who is deserving of honor? He who honors other people.” Rabbi Eliezer urged: “Let the honor of your friend be as dear to you as your own.” Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa declared: “He who pleases the spirit of man, will also please the spirit of God; […]

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Breaking News: Birthright Israel Changes Eligibility Requirements!



At the URJ Biennial last December, we shared our commitment to ensuring that every young adult in our movement who wishes to travel to Israel is able to do so. This is not a dream, but a reality through the gift of Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with URJ Kesher, the Reform Movement’s Birthright trip provider. We […]

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Mourning Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon



by Rabbi Bennett Miller and Rabbi Joshua Weinberg On January 4, 2006, while serving as prime minister, just two-and-a-half months shy of elections that he was expected to win in a landslide, Sharon suffered a devastating stroke and never recovered. Sharon lost the final battle and died on Shabbat January 11, 2014 at the age […]

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Reform Movement Mourns the Death of Ariel Sharon



On the occasion of the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, released the following statement: “Today, we mourn the death of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, an iconic leader whose love for Israel and the Jewish people infused his entire illustrious career. He was […]

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Planting a Seed



By Joshua Weinberg “And when you come into the Land, and have planted all manner of food bearing trees… (Lev. 19:23) The Holy one Blessed be he said to the people Israel: Even though you have found [the land] full of plenty, you shall not say: We shall sit and not plant, rather proceed with […]

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Reform Jewish Movement Applauds Implementation of State-Paid Salaries for Reform Rabbis in Israel



In response to the Israeli government’s fulfillment of its court-ordered obligation to pay the salaries of four non-Orthodox communal rabbis, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: Tuesday’s announcement that four non-Orthodox communal rabbis have received state-paid salaries represents a major step forward for religious pluralism […]

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Thank the Universities that Said No to the ASA!



By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin While the ASA was deciding to help put Israel into an academic ghetto, something was happening behind our backs – something by no means insidious, but, rather, redemptive. The academic world did not stay silent. Quite the contrary. To date, twenty-five American universities have refused to join the ASA boycott. […]

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ASA’s Boycott Should End ASAP



Like many of you, I have been disturbed by the American Studies Association’s (ASA) vote to boycott Israeli academic institutions.  As outraged as I am about the ASA’s decision, I am gratified by the many strong and clear reactions from the academic community. As of today there are 33 U.S. universities that have made public […]

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Get Ready for Summer 2014 URJ Birthright Israel Trips!



The URJ is offering unprecedented access to its Kesher Birthright Israel trips for summer 2014. Never before has it been easier to sign up for or participate in a URJ Kesher Birthright Israel trip! I had the pleasure of explaining the possibilities at the URJ Biennial convention. Learn more about the process below: Now encourage […]

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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address to the 2013 URJ Biennial



[Editor's note: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered the following remarks via satellite at the 2013 URJ Biennial on Sunday, December 15th.] Thank you very much, Rick [Jacobs]. I want to say that you’ve just spoken about my personal commitment and involvement. I want to speak about your personal commitment and involvement. It is as deep […]

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Anat Hoffman’s Biennial Address: “More Than One Way to Be Jewish”



[Editor's Note: This address was given by Noa Sattath on behalf of Anat Hoffman, director of the Israel Religious Action Center and chairwoman of Women of the Wall, on Saturday night at the URJ Biennial.] Anat lost her voice. Despite all the remedies and chicken soup suggested by many in this conference, she can’t speak. […]

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