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Live from the International Conference on Conservative Judaism at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem

December 30, 2009
Live from the International Conference on Conservative Judaism at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem

The headline for this post — "Live from the International Conference…" is somewhat misleading. Reporting "live" implies there is breaking news, something really interesting happening. Alas, that's not the case. For those of us who follow the Conservative movement closely, there hasn't been a lot "new" presented here. There was a fair amount of...
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Netanyahu Improves the Prospects of Reaching a Deal with the Palestinians

December 26, 2009

I don't normally blog just about Israeli politics — generally, I prefer to write about things where there is some kind of Torah angle or connection — but there is a recent political development in Israel that is VERY important, that I think a lot of people might have missed. I have to admit,...
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Wear a Tallit, Go to Jail, Redux…

December 24, 2009
Wear a Tallit, Go to Jail, Redux…

Last Friday morning, Lauri and I braved truly miserable weather (well, OK, truly miserable by Jerusalem standards — it was raining!) to join the "Women of the Wall" in a protest at the Kotel (Western Wall). Isabel Kershner's piece in the NY Times, "Challenging Traditions at the Heart of Judaism," did a good job...
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The Truth About Settlements

December 15, 2009
The Truth About Settlements

Israel’s Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, is making everyone unhappy with his policy on settlements  (And I'll probably make everyone unhappy with this blog post!). The settlers are unhappy that he is willing to have even a partial freeze on new construction in the settlements, and they vow to ignore the rules and keep building....
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