Category: Religion and State in Israel

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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The Rabbinate Race Wreckage

Apr 25, 2013

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Bayit Yehudi is making a wreckage of the Chief Rabbinate race by failing to back Rabbi David Stav. Might Elazar Stern’s legislative initiative to revamp the electoral college save the day?

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Israel’s resurgence: A spiritual calculus

Apr 12, 2013

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Reflections for Israel’s 65th Independence Day: Belief in the power of Jewish history, animated by ancient faith, explains much about Israel today… Those who consider history only in temporal terms underestimate and misjudge Israel.

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Reclaiming the ‘World of Torah’

Mar 8, 2013

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The Haredi community does not possess exclusivity on “the world of Torah,” and in historic perspective it may yet come to thank Bayit Yehudi for nudging it to a better place.

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Healing Haredi work ethics

Feb 28, 2013

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The Haredi world of dependency, of living off the dole, is both unsustainable and sacrilegious. Our new government must help Haredim out of the hole they have dug for themselves by ending the all-encompassing government support system for those not even attempting to get a modern education or earn a living.

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Elect Rabbi Stav to Revamp the Rabbinate

Feb 21, 2013

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Israel needs a new Chief Rabbi, like David Stav, who will synthesize tradition with modernity, emphasize “Klal Yisrael,” and rehabilitate the “Rabbinocracy” – without compromising halacha or insolently stonewalling secular Israel. Netanyahu and Bennett should back Rabbi Stav’s candidacy.

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A solution to the Haredi draft problem

Feb 8, 2013

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“Giyus bein hazmanim” – vacation draft – will allow Haredi men to continue learning Torah uninterrupted, while serving military or national service only during their yeshiva semester breaks, which last ten weeks a year.

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