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A Time to Weed

Weeds do not grow in a vacuum. At a minimum they need a reasonable temperature and minimum amounts of water and oxygen. Given proper conditions, they will of course flourish, and without attention, can take over a garden. The first few attacks on Muslim and Christian institutions were attributed to “weeds” – every group has … Continue reading

Shut Out and Shut In

Jewish tradition holds that the destruction of the temple was the result of שנאת חינם – causeless hate – within the Jewish people. This morning, the first day of Av, the month when we mourn for the temple, I received a stark reminder of that senseless hate, right next to the ruins of that very … Continue reading

On the Scales

As we approach the Jewish New Year, traditionally a time for reflection on our deeds, what we mean by the Jewish nature of the state of Israel is on the scales. Last night I attended a “Tag Meir”(“Spreading the Light”) event at the Benedictine Monastery in Latrun, a solidarity visit in response to the despicable … Continue reading

An Inspirational Story: One Man Makes a Difference

I spent the weekend at the 20th Biennial of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, celebrating 40 years since the first conference and 25 years of achievement for the Israeli Reform Action Center. The Center marked an important legal precedent this week with the announcement of the Attorney General to the Supreme Court that from … Continue reading

Join Tag Meir – Light a Candle for Coexistence

This week there will be much lighting of candles around the world. Jews will begin lighting Chanukah candles on Tuesday at sundown, and will continue for 8 days. In many parts of the world candles are also intimately associated with Christmas, coming as it does, at least in the Northern hemisphere, at the darkest time of the … Continue reading

Narratives of the anti-Boycott Law

Reading the different opinion pieces about the latest Anti-Boycott Law, it strikes me that here we have a living example of the way narratives and facts interplay. Fact: the Knesset passed a law banning attempts to boycott either the State or any part thereof. But this fact is interpreted in radically different ways, each side … Continue reading

Jewish and Democratic

For a few days now I have been struggling to work out what I really want to say about the commotion surrounding the interrogation of the supporters of the supposedly Halachic work, ‘Torat HaMelech’ (‘Laws of Sovereignty’). One of the excerpts I have heard quoted (though I have not and do not intend to read the … Continue reading

History or Brain-washing?

This afternoon my younger daughter has her final history exam. This is the last time she will be required to study history. Last week, she had the ‘mock’ exam. The day before, she revealed to me that they had not covered half the syllabus in class – they spent so much time studying the Holocaust that they only reached the … Continue reading

Specializing in Intolerance

This morning, an American woman I met in my gym told me she specializes in tolerance education. I instinctively responded that here we specialize in intolerance, not tolerance. The burning by settlers of a mosque in Maghayar in retaliation for the demolition of an illegal building in Alei Ain is just one recent example. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s … Continue reading