Monday Jan 27, 2014
My JPost blog almost always focuses on its central theme, anti-Semitism. I have another blogstream on Times of Israel on which I typically discuss secondary issues to Jewish survival, such as Israel’s relationships with surrounding countries and the world, and the so-called Special Relationship with the United States. In other words, issues relating to Israel’s survival. Of course the two blogs are intertwined in that our Diaspora...
Tuesday Jan 21, 2014
Under the 1970 Knesset amendment to the Law of Return refuge is available to the: “child and a grandchild of a Jew… ”
The debate over Israel as Zionist is most visibly represented by a tiny segment of Israeli society with a disproportionate influence regarding social policy. The distortion has its roots, ironically, in the days before the UN partition vote with the secular Labor Zionist leader of...
Friday Jan 10, 2014
IV. “Who is a Jew” and Israel civil law
While the Orthodox parties had since 1948 pressed to incorporate Halacha into Israeli civil law, it was not until the defeat of the political left by the right in 1977 that they felt the winds of change in their favor. The first attempt to legislate Jewish identity according to Halacha was introduced in the Knesset in 1981. “Who is a Jew” drew immediate fire from...
Sunday Jan 05, 2014
“The punishment imposed,” wrote Weinberger, “should reflect the perfidy of the individual’s actions, the magnitude of the treason committed...”
"As I say, the Pollard matter was comparatively minor. It was made far bigger than its actual importance." Pressed on why the case was made far bigger than its actual importance, Weinberger replied, "I don't know why-it just was." (Weinberger...
Tuesday Dec 24, 2013
"What's the matter with 'conversion in accordance with Halakha,” [Prime Minister Begin] asked?’
I. Zionist Israel
Israelis might be excused for identifying first with their country and not with Zionism’s script for Israel as “homeland” and “refuge.” Why, seven decades into statehood, expect Israeli Jews to be different from, for example, American Jews? But Israel did inherit a...