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Happy Independence Day?

April 25, 2012
Happy Independence Day?

Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day starts tonight, Wednesday April 25, 2012. Just like in America, Independence Day is patriotic holiday, filled with fireworks, crowded highways, Air Force flyovers, and, of course, barbeques and self-congratulatory speeches from politicians. Israel has a lot to proud of. We are the cradle of monotheism, the place where the...
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Gay and Lesbian Rabbis in Israel

April 20, 2012
Gay and Lesbian Rabbis in Israel

It’s not often that you get the opportunity to participate in a “historic moment,” even if it’s historic in a relatively small way. Last night – April 19, 2012 – I had the opportunity to participate in such a moment, at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. Schechter is the institution that trains rabbis...
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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) 5772

April 19, 2012
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) 5772

Many Jews have a strong negative reaction if people bring up other genocides in a discussion about the Holocaust. This can lead to non-Jews getting a bad impression – they may think Jews are obsessed with the Holocaust, or that Jews are unable to see other people’s suffering as comparable to theirs. That impression...
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A Visit to Rachel’s Tomb

April 12, 2012
A Visit to Rachel’s Tomb

“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” …Jeremiah 31:14 Rachel’s Tomb is the third holiest site in Jerusalem, after the Western Wall and the Cave of the Patriarchs. I only live 4km...
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Passover – The Festival of Faith

April 6, 2012
Passover – The Festival of Faith

If you ask people what one word comes to mind if you say Passover, most Jews will respond with “freedom.” Chag Haherut, “Festival of Freedom,” is one of Passover’s four names. And, of course, we have the endless jokes about “Let my people go,” God’s order to Pharaoh, conveyed by Moses, which takes on...
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