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An Israeli responds to the changes in Egypt

February 28, 2011

Freedom is breaking out all over the Middle East. We are living in a time strikingly similar to December of 1991, when the Soviet Union seemed to disintegrate before our eyes, breaking up in to fifteen separate nations. In 1991, the Western world cheered as millions of people throughout Eastern Europe freed themselves from...
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Ki Tisa 5771: The Land and Idol Worship

February 18, 2011
Ki Tisa 5771: The Land and Idol Worship

“Justice, justice shall you pursue” The Torah commands us to behave justly. It’s not enough to follow the strict letter of the law if that would lead to an injustice. I was at the site of the unrecognized Bedouin village of El Arakib today. The Jewish National Fund and the State of Israel have...
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Tetzaveh 5771: The Oil of Refuge

February 11, 2011

 ”And you shall command the people of Israel, that they bring you pure beaten oil olive for the light, for the lamp to burn always.”  Exodus 27:20 Olive oil has always been an important substance in this part of the world, providing light, and also providing sensuous pleasure to skin dried out by the...
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Meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

February 10, 2011
Meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

  How is it possible to feel both proud and embarrassed at the same time? It sounds like an oxymoron, but that’s exactly how I felt yesterday at a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanetham Pillay. I was part of a delegation of about 20 representatives of Israeli human rights organizations...
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Interfaith Monologues

February 4, 2011
Interfaith Monologues

It’s a sad day when interfaith dialog leaves some participants feeling less motivated to work on behalf of the other. Maybe there are times not to ask certain questions; maybe there’s such a thing as “too much sharing.” But I don’t really believe that. I think the problem wasn’t only what was said –...
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Let my people go

February 2, 2011

Over 3,000 years ago the Jewish people escaped oppression in Egypt. Today the people of Egypt are escaping their own oppression.  They are crying out for freedom, desperate to get rid of their own “Pharaoh.” As Jews who have “been there,” we rightfully should be cheering the Egyptian people on in their quest for...
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