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Conservative Clergy Students Say No to Annexation

There’s a general fear among rabbis about speaking honestly about their complicated relationships with the State of Israel — they worry that doing so might alienate members of their communities and risk their own professional futures. For rabbinical students, the fear is even greater — will anyone hire me if I criticize...

Knesset March Madness 2020!!! (sigh)

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) Do we really have to do this again?  I guess we do, don’t we.   We just had September Madness a few months ago, and April Madness before that, but now Israel is (for the first time ever) approaching its third election in less than a year.  So that...

A New Podcast

So … I made a podcast. As you may know if you’ve been following along, there are two things that I am passionate about. Social justice activism, and studying and teaching Talmud. (Okay there are a bunch of other things but they are not relevant at the moment.) This past December a...

Raging against the dying of the right

In his recent book Paradigm Lost, Ian Lustick claims that the Two State Solution (TSS) paradigm is lost and we are now in a One State Reality (OSR). His argument is interesting and important, though he seems a bit polyannish about what might commence with the OSR in terms of Palestinian-Jewish comity...

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“Hatikvah” Means “the Hope” in Hebrew. For These Two Hatikvah Slate Members, It Also Means Integrity.

“Hatikvah means “the hope” in Hebrew. For these two members of the Hatikvah slate of candidates for the World Zionist Congress, who come from different backgrounds, generations, and professions, “hatikvah” also means “integrity.” The Challenges For Molly Wernick, it began when she arrived on her college campus in the late ‘00s after...

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