Posts Tagged: politics

Should Rabbis Talk About Israel?



by Rabbi Yair Robinson When I checked Twitter on a recent morning, I found an old picture of me and some colleagues making the rounds. It was from a few weeks before our ordination, May of 2003, taken for a Cincinnati Enquirer photographer for an article about ordination. In it with me are rabbis Michael […]

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Reform Movement Reacts to SOTU Address



Earlier this week, Reform Movement leaders outlined their hopes and priorities for President Obama’s State of the Union address. President Obama spoke about almost all the issues our leadership raised, including: ECONOMIC JUSTICE The majority of the President’s speech was centered on the economy and job creation. URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs wrote that “deficit […]

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Mayor Mish-Mash: Remembering Ed Koch



The New York Times published an interesting story this week on late NYC Mayor Ed Koch, a Jew. Apparently the mayor’s rabbi, Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue (Modern Orthodox), tried to take His Honor cemetery shopping, but Koch was bound and determined to be buried in Manhattan, and so he will spend eternity in […]

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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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Reform Movement Reacts to UN Vote on Palestinian State



The United Nations voted yesterday to accept Palestinian non-member observer state status at the UN. In response to this vote, Rabbi Rick Jacobs today issued a statement on behalf of the Reform Movement: We are deeply disappointed in the results of the vote in the United Nations yesterday to accept Palestinian non-member observer state status. […]

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A Plea for Unity in Israel



by Matt Adler To my Israeli brothers and sisters: I am an American Jew. I regularly attend synagogue. I speak Hebrew. I’ve been to Israel several times. I care deeply about the future of not only my country, but also that of the State of Israel. And that’s why I’m asking centrist and left-wing Israelis […]

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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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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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How Should We Commemorate Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day?



By Rabbi Meir Azari One of the greatest strengths of the Jewish world is its people’s sense of mutual responsibility and partnership as a means of securing the future. Years ago, a young Israeli paratrooper who participated in “Operation Moses,” the covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews in 1984, told me that during this life-threatening mission […]

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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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Don’t Talk to Me in Arabic



This is an excerpt from a recent op-ed by Rabbi Gilad Kariv, executive director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, published in Yedioth Ahronot on August 2nd. I recently received an explanation from the service manager of an El-Al flight regarding the PR system on the airplane. A list alongside the control […]

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Rape, Abortion and Judaism



One of the paramount values of Jewish tradition is the embrace of life. The rabbis read a verse in Torah that says, “You shall keep My laws and My rules, so that by doing them a person shall live,” (Leviticus 18:5) and conclude that the Torah and all the laws of our tradition are intended […]

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Gun Control, Jewish Idealism, & Political Realities



In the aftermath of the recent shooting at an Aurora, CO, movie theater, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, rabbi emeritus of the URJ, writes in a recent op-ed in Haaretz called “U.S. Jews support gun control, but the political debate ignores it.” He wonders why both major U.S. political parties avoid the top of gun control – […]

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Embracing Differences on the Front Lines



By Adam Ross He was waiting for one of his commanders to pick him up. I was waiting to go to sleep. Yet another 3 hour shift of guard duty, but this time I was assigned to the back entrance to the base, which leads to the firing ranges. I don’t mind that spot so […]

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