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Thursday Jul 03, 2014
    A long time friend,  a committed Jew who cares deeply about Israel and about human rights, wrote to me yesterday – the day after the three young murdered boys were buried. His words are in italics. My reply is in a normal font.   I am having some difficulty dealing with the outpouring of emotion I see from American Jews on my FB feed about how sad they feel as a result of these horrible murders. Why are they so sad...
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Thursday Jan 02, 2014
  Imagine the following:  Government inspectors are empowered to dress in uniforms and carry a shield. They may demand entry into a privately owned business. They may confiscate samples from the business. They may investigate the owner for fraud if they so decide. They may confiscate property if they believe that fraud has been committed. All of this without a police warrant. Sounds Orwellian. Or maybe policy in a police state. But...
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Thursday Oct 24, 2013
  I have alluded in past blogs to issues of racism as determining if the application of a potential Oleh, who is a convert to Judaism, would be approved by the Interior Ministry for Aliyah. I have tried to hint at some of the issues faced by people of color and I have provided some examples. But there has been no apparent improvement in the situation.  For years I ascribed the problem to the many bureaucrats who were appointed by Shas...
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Friday Aug 30, 2013
  This morning I was contacted by an American journalist writing about the marginalization of the non-Orthodox movements in Israel. She wanted my views on this subject. I am not sure that my response was in line with her premise. I have begun to feel optimistic.   Since the Masorti Movement was established in Israel we have found the doors to MKs and ministers closed. Our congregations, youth groups, and rabbis were not granted...
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Monday Jun 17, 2013
Every ten years Israel selects a new Chief Rabbi. Actually we select two – one Ashkenazi and one Sefaerdi.  Do we have a real need for two Chiefs? I would argue that we do not have a real need for even one. It is an institution that is outdated and outmoded. It is a drain on the Israeli treasury and is respected by very few. This election has brought about a new nadir.   So called secular Israelis would be happy to do without....
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