Category Archives: Israeli Politics

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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Moshe Arens, meet Aharon Barak

There are few people in Israeli public life that I respect more than Moshe Arens, former Minister of Defense (three terms), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the US. But I think he was wrong recently, when he wrote … Continue reading

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Being the nation-state of the Jewish people

In April of this year, the UN released the 2017 World Happiness Report. Using polling data collected by the Gallup organization, it ranked 156 countries in the world in order of how happy with their lives respondents said they were, … Continue reading

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