Category Archives: American Jews

Trumpus Maccabeus

Thirteen Conservative rabbinical students studying in Jerusalem wrote a letter in which they criticized the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They wrote in part, We, a group of rabbinical students of the Jewish Theological Seminary … Continue reading

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Defending Israel against Reform evangelism

This week the conflict between liberal and progressive elements in American Jewry and the government of Israel was escalated. On November 16, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the American Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and others tried to push their … Continue reading

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Rick Jacobs and his MLK complex

Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the Union for Reform Judaism was seven years old when Martin Luther King was arrested in Birmingham, so he is unlikely to have participated in the American civil rights movement. But he is making it up … Continue reading

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Zionism and ‘Lennonism’

Who among us wouldn’t – doesn’t – prioritize the well-being of members of one’s own immediate family above others? Other things being equal, if one has a chance to help a family member or a non-member (but not both), then … Continue reading

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The Reform Jewish al-Aqsa

Ha’aretz, Judy Maltz: In a sign of the growing rift between the Israeli government and Diaspora Jewry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be appearing this year at the annual conference of the Jewish Federations of North America. Only once … Continue reading

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