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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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In Israel, premature euphoria

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Israel’s right-wing politicians are euphoric. The prophet whom Bible scholars call the Second Isaiah proclaimed King Cyrus (6th century BCE) as the Messiah. I wouldn’t be surprised if some ideologue in Naftali Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi party wouldn’t want to do the same to President Trump, even though at least […]

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God save Israel from Trump

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Robert Fulford is known in Canada as a distinguished journalist and public intellectual of note. He has warm personal ties to the Jewish community and is a great supporter of the State of Israel. His latest column in the National Post has the title, “Israel always seems to be […]

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Israeli rabbis behind bars

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Power not only breeds paranoia, it also gives free range to greed. The current cluster of investigations of Prime Minister Netanyahu (and members of his family) is a case in point. Several of potential charges have to do with receiving “gifts” that in the eyes of the law are […]

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Netanyahu and the Israeli media

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — By all accounts, power breeds insecurity, at times even paranoia. The longer a person holds on to power the more fearful does s/he become of suspected machinations by ostensibly loyal colleagues and, to an even greater extent, criticism in the media. Though we hear very little about attempts within […]

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Azaria guilty verdict divides Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Whatever the verdict on Sgt. Elor Azaria was going to be, it would be a tragedy for many and bad for us all. Had he been found not guilty by the military court that tried him, it would have been scandalous because there’s evidence on film that shows that […]

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2017: A year of hope or fear?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Many in Israel find it hard to know what the Obama administration really had in mind when it didn’t veto the Security Council resolution that condemns Israel’s settlement expansion and when it let Kerry make the speech that even Britain’s prime minister condemned. All official comments that I’ve seen […]

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Trump’s election emboldens Israel’s right wingers

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — If Arieh Deri, Israel’s interior minister and the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, gets his way, Israel will become the only country in the free world that discriminates against Jews. The legislation that Shas and its Ashkenazi counterpart are putting before the Knesset – with the help of […]

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Netanyahu’s real rival

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Is it an extraordinarily thick skin, an incurable addiction to power, or the conviction of being the one and only leader of the State of Israel in our time – or perhaps all this and much else – that keeps Binyamin Netanyahu in power as the longest consecutively serving […]

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