Israel’s new neighbors

By Rabbi Dow Marmur, Jerusalem, Sept. 26, 2015 (Motzaei Shabbat) More than a million Jews left Russia and its Soviet empire after the latter collapsed. Most of them settled in Israel and, together with all of us, are now facing the prospect of forces of the aspiring new version of that empire under Vladimir Putin […]

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The future of progressive Jews in Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur, Jerusalem, Sept. 20, 2015 “Hiddush – For Religious Freedom and Equality” is an organization headed by Rabbi Uri Regev, the former president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and, before that, the head of Reform Judaism’s Israel Religious Action Centre. Hiddush regularly surveys the religious preferences of the country’s Jews. […]

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Riots on the Temple Mount

By Rabbi Dow Marmur, Jerusalem, Sept. 17, 2015 The received wisdom of many pundits is that Jerusalem should be the last item in any peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, because it’s such a thorny issue. Professor Moshe Amirav of the Hebrew University believes that it must be the first item – precisely because […]

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