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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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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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