Posts Tagged: elections

Netanyahu Forms Coalition in Nick of Time



More than 50 days after Israelis went to the polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has finally formed a coalition. Despite maintaining his title as Prime Minister, he is emerging significantly weakened from the negotiations. The final coalition will include the Prime Minister’s Likud-Beiteinu, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid (“There is a Future”), Naftali Bennet’s Habayit Hayehudi […]

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Faith in America’s Future Includes Our Faith



by Rabbi Steven A. Fox I was honored today to represent the CCAR at the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, as he was sworn in for his second term.  Words cannot really describe the experience of viewing the ceremony with my own eyes–and the experience was at […]

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Israelis To Go To Polls



After a hard-fought few months of political campaigning, Israelis will go to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the future makeup of the Knesset. It is widely expected that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will win reelection. With a less-than-productive Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced in October that Israel would hold early elections. The announcement […]

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Naftali Bennett: A Star is Born



by Rabbi Dow Marmur Despite the clouds formed by the sharpening election campaign, a new star can be clearly discerned on Israel’s political firmament. His name is Naftali Bennett, the new leader of the nationalist (modern) Orthodox party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish home) that can trace its origins to the once moderate National Religious Party. […]

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Galilee Diary: Civic Duty



Jews in Israel are given the opportunity to bring economic, social and political issues into the center of their religious consciousness. The moral quality of the army, social and economic disparities and deprivations, the exercise of power moderated by moral sensitivities, attitudes toward minorities, foreign workers, the stranger, tolerance and freedom of conscience – all […]

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Opportunities and Challenges in a Second Term



After a months-long political campaign, we wake up this morning, take a look around at the new additions to the political landscape, and get ready to “think big” about our goals over the next few years. Whatever your political views, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic, our responsibility for shaping the world includes choosing who […]

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Please and Thanks, Is the Election Over?



by Rabbi Adam Morris Enough already! Like so many of you, I am fighting election fatigue. I have wondered how it is possible for there to actually be undecided voters after the weeks and months of campaigning. I am amazed how polls can seem to change on the hour. (Are they asking different people the […]

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For Wisdom During Democratic Elections



by Alden Solovy The citizens of the United States are about to elect a president. Two months later, the citizens of Israel will also go to the polls. And so, I’ll be voting in two national elections. Let us select well. This prayer can be used for any of the world’s democratic nations. Specific selections to customize the prayer for […]

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The Lingering Power of Words



Words matter. As kids we learn that sticks and stones can break our bones but words can never hurt us, but we soon realize that this isn’t entirely true. Bruises fade after a few days, but words linger in our minds for much longer. And, in this week’s “Ten Minutes of Torah,” Rabbi Bruce Kadden […]

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Israel Has Election Fever



The holidays are over and Israel is open for business. The relative quiet that characterizes the chaggim has been replaced by the type of chaos that only politics can create. Israel is going to have early elections on January 22, 2013. The Knesset will be dissolved and Israelis will have a chance to vote for […]

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Get Out the Vote 2012: The Home Stretch



As a D.C. resident who lives in the Virginia media market, it seems as though the only ads on TV right now are political – and understandably so. Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional elections (along with local elections and proposed amendments) are among our most obvious and consistent opportunities to make our voices heard. This election […]

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The Obligations of American Exceptionalism



I support outsourcing and offshoring. I applaud globalization and free trade. And I do so because of my moral convictions and religious beliefs, and my deep commitment to American exceptionalism. As the election season heats up, I am troubled by the moral confusion of those who discuss these policies. The Democrats, sensing advantage, generally attack […]

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A Priest, a Minister, and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar



This fall, Minnesotans will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ask: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Minnesota?” If this amendment succeeds, Minnesota would join the 30 states that have […]

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Americans Comfortable with Presidential Expressions of Faith



Religion and politics go hand in hand in American life. The relationship between the government and religion were of such importance and concern that our founders thought it necessary to write the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses into the First Amendment. But while the relationship between the government as a whole and religious entities has […]

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