Who speaks for Jewish values in Israel?

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Feb. 5, 2016) – The decision by the Israeli government to create a parallel praying area at the Western Wall for egalitarian – largely Reform and Conservative – worshippers by extending the existing facility at the southern end has generated (a) enthusiasm from potential beneficiaries, (b) indifference from those who aren’t […]

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Aliens in the Land of Israel

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Feb. 4, 2016) – One of the many debates in contemporary Israel is whether it’s to be a Jewish state or a state for all its citizens. Those who advocate the former usually also want Israel to be Jewish according to Halacha, Jewish law as understood by Orthodoxy (often of the […]

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Prayer politics

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Feb. 2, 2016) – The Israel cabinet decision earlier this week to provide a site next to the existing Western Wall that would allow non-Orthodox Jews to hold egalitarian services outside the jurisdiction of the Orthodox rabbinate is unquestionably a political victory for the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel and […]

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