Category: Religion and State in Israel

Rebuffing the haredi attack on hesder yeshivot

Feb 28, 2014

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Haredi politicians are impudently, hypocritically and vengefully stoking negative stories about the hesder program.

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Pray for a predictable year

Sep 13, 2013

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Yom Kippur prayers for stability, quiet, resilience and moral character.

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Chief Rabbis in name only

Jul 25, 2013

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The Chief Rabbinate’s glory is gone. Its legitimacy is shot. Its influence is on the wane. Decentralization of religious services is inevitable, and the only way to force change in the Rabbinate. Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef should be under intense public scrutiny and pressure from day one.

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A crushing Haredi victory

Jul 25, 2013

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Not only did the Haredim maintain their control over the Rabbinate, but they are coming back into government faster than you think.

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Promising ‘Real Revolution,’ David Stav Jolts Race for Chief Rabbi of Israel

Jul 22, 2013

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Rabbi David Stav’s provocative campaign for the post of Chief Rabbi of Israel has stirred the pot, and even The New York Times is covering the story. In the NYTimes story, I am quoted in support of Rabbi Stav and in favor of religious marriage and divorce.

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Sinat chinam syndrome

Jul 15, 2013

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The disgraceful level to which our politicians and rabbis have sunk over the past year is alarming. Moderation, nuance, restraint and reasonableness have become orphan concepts in this country’s political landscape. The prevailing culture is kasach – unbridled, untamed confrontation.

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Wake up and elect Rav Stav!

Jul 4, 2013

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With 20 days to go until the vote for Chief Rabbi, Israel’s secular politicians and the non-Orthodox public they represent have to make a choice. Do they want a modern Rabbinate, or do they want to kill it all-together by electing the Haredi candidate?

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On sanctifying and desecrating G-d’s name

Jun 17, 2013

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When someone devotes his life to teaching Judaism to secular Israeli Jews, I call that a kiddush Hashem – a sanctification of G-d’s name. When someone else runs a campaign of public defamation against a candidate for the post of chief rabbi, I lament the chillul Hashem – the desecration of G-d’s name.

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Celebrating Complexity: In Tribute to Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

May 17, 2013

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Marking his 80th birthday, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein has modeled for us a rich life of religious purity, constant study, intellectual rigor, universal knowledge, and societal commitment.

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Beware of Baba Arye

May 9, 2013

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Arye Deri is back as the top gun in Shas, and that is bad news for just about everybody in this country because Deri is shady, retrogressive, and a purveyor of hate.

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