Saturday Nov 23, 2013
The good news: A multitude of proposals for religious reform have been brought to the Israeli Knesset in recent weeks and months. At no time in recent memory have Israel’s political parties demonstrated so much interest in reforming Israel’s religious establishment and in changing the rules that govern the relationship between religion and state in Israel.
More good news: Issues of...
Wednesday Oct 23, 2013
What does it mean, exactly, that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state? Prime Minister Netanyahu has made this demand several times recently in major speeches – at the United Nations, at Bar-Ilan University, and at the opening session of the 19th Knesset. But it is just not clear what he is talking about.
This absence of clarity became a public issue when Finance Minister Yair Lapid disputed Netanyahu...
Sunday Oct 06, 2013
American Jews are deeply committed to Israel. They may not agree with the policies of the government of Israel, but these disagreements do not mean that their devotion to Israel is diminished. Israel remains exceedingly important to their Jewish lives.
The American and Israeli prophets of doom who for years have been predicting the erosion or the collapse of American Jewish support for the Jewish...
Sunday Sep 01, 2013
The Days of Awe are about to begin, and the Jews of America are turning their attention to matters of the spirit: prayer and introspection, repentance and personal renewal. Nonetheless, as is so often the case, the affairs of the world have again intruded on our consciousness, requiring our attention and concern.
The debate on Syria rages on. Some Americans call for intervention in the civil war so...
Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
The closing of 19 diplomatic missions by the United States in the Middle East and north Africa.
Yes, we cannot know precisely what the intelligence threat was; and surely it would have been appropriate to close a few missions and to dramatically step up security elsewhere. But shutting down embassies across an entire region sends a message of weakness and fear, and is nothing less than an embarrassment for an...