Category: Religion and State in Israel

Convert the Chief Rabbinate

Aug 14, 2015

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Religious Zionist yeshiva deans this week established an independent, conversion court, without Chief Rabbinate imprimatur. The ossified and extremist Rabbinate bureaucracy made this necessary, sadly. Unless the Rabbinate wakes up and “converts” itself into a more compassionate halachic religious services provider, it will be bypassed and wither away.

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The malice of Gaza disengagement

Jul 23, 2015

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The wrecking of Gush Katif wasn’t really about peace with the Palestinians, but about the crushing of Religious Zionism. The expulsion was a trenchant exhibition of bleak and vengeful impulses that course through Israeli politics.

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The Rabbinate is digging its own grave

May 26, 2015

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The Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s attempt to oust Rabbi Riskin will be its own death knell. A nasty and radical ‘rabbinocracy’ that humiliates Riskin will lose its legitimacy.

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A Tribute to Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

Apr 20, 2015

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Accompanied by tens of thousands of his students, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l, Rosh Yeshivat Har Etzion, will today be interned in the Jerusalem mountains. Here is my tribute to him, as published this morning in The Jerusalem Post.

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Livni’s lamentable lawlessness

Nov 28, 2014

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Tzipi Livni’s fanatic stance against the Jewish Nation State law is grounded in hypocrisy and political desperation. None of the objections to the law justify Livni’s self-serving antics and inflammatory rhetoric.

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The Power of Shabbat

Oct 23, 2014

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The society we are creating today in the modern state of Israel is sorely in need of much greater public and private Shabbat observance. Our society is too aggressive, too materialistic, too fiercely ideological. We need to create psychic vacuums that suspend our struggles and allow for joint meditation on our commonalities and values.

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Thugs on the Temple Mount

Oct 16, 2014

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The Netanyahu government has a responsibility to run the radical Islamic ruffians off the Mount, and punish them for attempting to turn the holy site into Armageddon.

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Spiritual Stock-Taking

Sep 24, 2014

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On Rosh Hashana, let’s not rule out the possibility that we can spiritually navigate ourselves out of internal and external difficulties.

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The politics of shmita

Sep 5, 2014

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We need truly Zionist, nationally-responsible, and halachically-uplifting solutions to the crisis of shmita (the Jewish agricultural sabbatical year) – for the benefit of religious and non-religious Israelis alike.

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Spiritual trials, strategic rewards

Aug 15, 2014

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A strategy for improving our military and diplomatic position: Be strong socially and spiritually. Then Israel will earn the respect of friends and successfully deter its foes.

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