Category Archives: Israeli Politics

Tisha b’Av 5777

Tisha b’Av was weird for me this year. I sat in shul and listened to the eicha reading, and it spoke to me about current events, not about what happened thousands of years ago. Last week the Jewish people suffered … Continue reading

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Pragmatism on the Temple Mount

The Temple Mount crisis is a perfect example of what has been called “Israel Derangement Syndrome:” Arab Muslim terrorists murder a couple of Israeli police officers with guns they took onto the Mount. The terrorists are shot dead. Israel takes … Continue reading

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Who gets to block traffic in Israel?

Examples of how Israelis get things done when they really care: Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem is embroiled in a controversy over its Pediatric Hemato-oncology department (which treats children suffering from leukemia and other forms of cancer), in which 6 doctors … Continue reading

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Why they are so angry

This happened in 2011, at the California Reform Temple that I belonged to. A man – a Temple Board member, approached me with steam coming out of his ears. “I’m finished with Israel. I won’t give another dime to the … Continue reading

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Behind the struggle for the Kotel

The kotel hama’aravi (Western Wall) is not actually the holiest place in Judaism – that is the Temple Mount, the actual site of the First and Second Temples – but for various reasons it has become the holiest place at … Continue reading

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