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The fight over religious pluralism in Israel

Editor’s Note: Rabbi Marmur wrote the following column just before the Israeli government decided to freeze implementation of egalitarian worship at the Western Wall. By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — I’m a member of the organization of Reform rabbis in Israel, and, together with my wife I belong to two Reform congregations in Jerusalem. I’m, […]

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Bennett would lead Israel toward fascism

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Israel is a wonderful country and I deem it a privilege to live here. I’m convinced that without this our Jewish state there wouldn’t be much of Judaism or Jewry today. Therefore, it pains me greatly to have to write that the country seems to be sliding toward fascism. […]

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Trump’s flying visit to Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The speeches that President Trump made during his 26-hour visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem were sufficiently enigmatic to be open to all possible interpretations, especially if you concentrate on what he did not say, which was plenty – including no mention of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv […]

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Welcoming Jews on the periphery

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Reform/Liberal/Progressive (henceforth Progressive) Judaism often reaches Jews that other movements don’t get to. This may not apply to the United States and a handful of other comparatively large Diaspora communities, but it’s definitely true of countries where there’re a few Jews and where the traditional congregations are too insecure […]

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Basic Law would exclude Arabs as owners of Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The text of the proposed Basic Law about Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people reads well and sounds good in Jewish ears. It addresses the question that Israelis have been asking since the beginning of the state: Is Israel the state of the Jewish people or the […]

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Hitler’s Reich and Trump’s America

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — In a review in a recent issue of The New York Review of Books of Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich – the book has recently appeared in English – the distinguished Holocaust historian Christopher Browning writes: “There are sufficient areas of similarity in some regards to make the book […]

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The difference between fate and destiny

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The important distinction made by the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, the most significant contemporary exponent of modern Orthodox Judaism, between the covenant of fate and the covenant of destiny has important ramifications beyond Jewish theology. The covenant of fate is rooted in the paradigmatic experience of Egyptian bondage and […]

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Netanyahu and the Germans

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO that collects testimonies from Israeli soldiers about their actions and experiences in the occupied territories. The accounts are at times less than complimentary to Israel’s military establishment. B’Tselem is another Israeli NGO that publishes documents about Israeli human rights violations in the […]

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Another 10-day period for Israelis to reflect

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The international community commemorates the Holocaust in January, on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The Jewish world commemorates the Holocaust in April, on the anniversary of the Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. The international commemoration implicitly celebrates the Allied forces’ defeat of the Nazis; […]

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Would a ‘hudna’ bring Mideast peace?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Micha Goodman is one of the most interesting young scholars of Judaism in Israel today. His books on two seminal works of Medieval Jewish philosophy – Moses Maimonides’ Moreh Nevuchim and Yehuda Halevi’s Kuzari – have been best sellers in Israel, as has his third book on Deuteronomy, Moses’ […]

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Broadcast imbroglio: A thwarted attack on democracy?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Dictators – as well as some ostensibly democratic politicians like the current prime minister of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu, and his new idol, US President Donald Trump – want to control the media by curbing free speech, in order to secure their grip over the population. That’s behind the to-ing […]

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Is Iran really the greatest threat to Israel?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The received wisdom in Israel today is that Iran is the greatest threat to its security, perhaps to its very existence. Prime Minister Netanyahu is the most vociferous proponent of this view; he speaks of it often, perhaps never more forcefully than when he addressed the United States Congress, […]

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Netanyahu flies to and fro as corruption probe continues

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Netanyahu is in the air a lot nowadays. Soon after returning from Washington and the love-in with President Trump, he flew to Australia on an official visit. Shortly thereafter he went to Moscow to make sure that President Putin controls his clients in and around Syria not to […]

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Gaza and the ‘Gisha’ imperative

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — One reason why even liberal Israelis have qualms about a Palestinian state is because of what happened in the Gaza Strip after the Israeli disengagement in 2005. At the time many of us applauded the Israeli withdrawal in the belief that this was the first step in making the […]

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