Category: Religion and State in Israel

God help us if the very wealthy, organizationally well-positioned, and pop-culture famous are considered the “most influential Jews” of our times. Here is my corrective to such feeble celebrity catalogues: A list of profound and substantive Jews (mainly educators, writers, and rabbis) who are making real contributions to the long-term future of Israel and the Jewish People.
Which of the following political, security, and domestic events can be expected this coming year? Take this quiz and calculate what Israeli and Jewish future you need to be prepared for.
Time and time again Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef erupts with loutish tirades, attacking Israel, secular Israelis, and Russian immigrant would-be-converts. The system and criteria for choosing Israel’s next chief rabbis must be changed. In 2023, Israel can elect cosmopolitan and reasonable chief rabbis.
The Meron misfortune reflects a larger problem that Israel has with haredi politics, in which Aryeh Deri is a key culprit. The Shas leader should be shamed out of Knesset.
In memorium: Over 96 years, Moshe “Moshko” Moskowitz lived to see many of his far-reaching plans for the building of Gush Etzion fulfilled, and more.
Haredi leadership seems to prize communal autonomy above all, even at the expense of exposure to deadly illness. Yanki Kanievsky is a metaphor for such “unbearable lightness,” the preposterous and perilously cavalier haredi assertion of freedom.
The president of the World Mizrachi movement, Kurt Rothschild, is one of the most indefatigable and loyal soldiers the Jewish People has been blessed with over the past century. How many philanthropists are there in the Jewish world whose worldview and involvements are so broad, and who are still active at age 100?
David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »
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