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Abolish Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

Recently, Rabbi David Stav, chair of the moderate Orthodox group Tzohar,announced his candidacy for Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel. Stav said that he seeks the office to reach out to and make Jewish law “more relevant” for secular Israelis. To some, … Continue reading

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Ultra-Orthodoxy and the Authenticity Question

Reprinted from: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/ultra-orthodox-fundamentalists-present-a-false-image-of-the-real-jew-1.406720#article_comments The recent clamor over Jewish fundamentalism in Israel calls for those of us who practice a consciously non-fundamentalist Judaism to state proudly and emphatically how we understand our religion, and why we believe what we believe. Jay … Continue reading

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The “Not Fully Jewish” Fiction

Reprinted from Haaretz.com: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jews-by-choice-are-members-of-the-tribe-too-1.381174 The validity of “Jews by Choice” is constantly under assault, as they encounter challenges to their Jewish status and legitimacy daily. This happens regardless of their level of commitment and observance, and as a result, many … Continue reading

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In Israel, No Jew Should Be Left Behind

Reprinted from Haaretz.com (http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/rabbis-round-table/in-israel-no-jew-should-be-left-behind-1.375011) The question of what being Jewish means is one that has plagued our sages for centuries, eluding many contemporary scholars and spiritual leaders – myself included. Although it is tempting to claim that Jewishness is based … Continue reading

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The Orthodox Conversion Fiction

Fiction: Orthodox Judaism is a “higher” or “more serious” level of Judaism than Conservative, Reform, or Reconstructionist and that, therefore, an Orthodox conversion is a “higher” or “more serious” level of conversion. Fact: Of all the fictions about the process … Continue reading

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