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Labour Party shifts to the right

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Israel’s Labour Party seems to be shedding its political Socialist roots. Its newly elected leader Avi Gabbay is a refugee from the right-wing Kulanu Party, founded and headed by Moshe Kahlon, who used to be a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud.  At least three recent news items indicate […]

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Bennett pushes for more Orthodoxy in public schools

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM–If you decide to look up the word that appears often nowadays in the Hebrew press, הדתה (hadata), you’re not likely to find it in standard dictionaries. It’s obviously connected to the word dat (דת), a Persian term which entered the Hebrew language to mean “religion.” The derivative can perhaps be […]

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What Hamas – Fatah agreement could portend

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The much heralded reconciliation between Hamas (that has ruled Gaza since Israel’s withdrawal in 2005) and Fatah (that rules the West Bank) should be good news not only for Gazans, who live under terrible conditions which may now improve, but also for those who advocate a two-state solution of the […]

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Does the Diaspora have a future?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM–Israelis who don’t share the concerns about the rupture between their government and United States Jewry, indeed the Diaspora in general – and, therefore, aren’t upset about Netanyahu’s ignoring the order of Israel’s Supreme Court to provide equal access to the Kotel for all streams of Judaism – may tell you […]

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Israel’s Republican prime minister

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM–One of the many things that President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu seem to have in common is their disdain for, nay hatred of, Barack Obama. The president’s obsession with Obama Care is an apt example as is the prime minister’s fixation on the Iran nuclear deal. Both may have objective […]

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Bibi most American P.M. in Israel’s history

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM–Binyamin Netanyahu is the most American prime minister that Israel has ever had.  He lived in the United States for many years and at some point even made his surname more pronounceable for Americans. He seems to have learnt there more than impeccable English. One has sometimes a feeling that he […]

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Bibi courts right-wing friends

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — “On one side, you have the universalists, armed with their globalism, liberalism, and concerns for human rights. On the other, you have the nationalists, wielding their exceptionalism, isolationism, and often conservative religious values.” The above is taken from an article by Hanna Kozlowska that appeared on the Quartz website. […]

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Bibi’s foreign successes strengthen his hold on power

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — One of Iran’s leaders recently predicted that Israel will cease to exist in the next 25 years. He may have had in mind that his country coming ominously close to Israel’s northern border: It’s in Syria as Islamic State is being defeated and Assad’s grip on the country is tightening. […]

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Should Israel back down to save lives?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Tensions between Palestinians and Israel have been building up for some time now. The confrontation could have come, and may still come, in the South along the Gaza border, As Hamas that rules Gaza is losing ground, partly because of closer relations between Israel and the Gulf States, it […]

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On being a Reform rabbi in Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Many years ago British police apprehended an aspiring terrorist who had on him a list of prominent Jews assumed to be potential targets for assassination. Rumor had it that some Jewish leaders were very upset when they found out that they weren’t on the list. Were they not considered […]

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Will Gabbay replace Netanyahu?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — When Israel’s Labor Party announced that its members would vote this month to elect a leader of the party, some ten people indicated that they’d stand against the incumbent Isaac Herzog. Hostile cynics commented that this might have been the total party membership. In fact, there’re more than fifty thousand […]

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Kotel decision will turn young Americans off to Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — A headline in Monday’s Ha’aretz sums it up: “Netanyahu to American Jews: Drop Dead.” Though I mailed my previous reflections just before the official announcement about the prime minister caving in to his ultra-Orthodox colleagues, I anticipated the outcome. That’s what I wrote: The present wave of Orthodox pressure […]

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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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