Category: Religion and State in Israel

A tribute to Rabbi Dr. Ambassador Yaacov Herzog on his 50th yahrzeit: "There is something unique about the Jews in the history of mankind, ‘a people that dwells alone,’ and so long as the world agrees, it cannot deny the right of Jews to this land.”
Looking ahead, this is what I see: A rotten nuclear deal with Iran, conflict with Hamas and Hezbollah, government stability but stagnation, and despite it all – a banner economic year for Israel.
With all the disputes about the conversion process, we have not paid enough attention to the people! Enter my brother's new organization, "Ohev Ger," which aims to care for converts to Judaism through financial aid, rental subsidies, scholarships, subsidized professional counseling, employment and housing assistance, advocacy and legal services, matchmaking, and more.
Nothing short of a deep commitment to traditional Jewish ritual practice will lead to a revitalization of Jewish life in America and create a basis for recovery in Diaspora-Israel relations.
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.
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 »
A passionate speaker, David M. Weinberg lectures widely in Israel, the U.S. and Canada to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. He speaks on international politics and Middle East strategic affairs, Israeli diplomacy and defense strategy, intelligence matters and more. Click here to book David Weinberg as a speaker

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