Israel

The Chief Rabbinate Is Over

10/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

If there is to remain any meaning to the terms state Rabbinate and religious Zionism, then the recent decision casting aspersions on IDF conversions, should be "last straw" in our relationship with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

As a religious Zionist who believes that Israel is the beginning of our redemption, it is not easy for me to come to terms with this realization, but it seems to me that that the time has come to say honestly, sincerely, and painfully, that the Chief Rabbinate as it stands today has run its course.

Back in the Driver's Seat, Again!

“How are you, Avigail?” my driving teacher asked, full of good cheer.

“Tired!” I said, grumpily.

And why shouldn’t I be? It was 8:30 pm after all, the time of evening that any decent person would be home, having a lie down after a long day at work.

Challenger: Nadler Not Pro-Israel

10/27/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Republican Susan Kone, who hopes to unseat Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler next week, says the congressman has been too silent about President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies.

“Absurd,” says Nadler’s campaign.

Election 2010: The Jewish Democratic View

Jewish Values are Democratic Values.

10/27/2010

During the last Presidential election, Jewish voters made a significant difference in helping put Democrats back in power. We came out in full force to show the country that Democratic values are truly Jewish values. This election cycle our core beliefs are again being challenged by a Republican Party that continues to move further and further to the right. On November 2, we one again have a chance to make an impact on the outcome of key races.

NJDC president and CEO David A. Harris

Election 2010: The Jewish Republican View

Time to change course.

10/27/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Recent polls have shown a higher-than-usual interest in this midterm election, with large early-voting turnouts and strong opinions among likely voters about issues like the economy, health care, and Israel. There is a deep sense that this election matters.

RJC executive director Matthew Brooks

The unilateral Palestinian statehood gambit: isn't this a rerun?

Jewish leaders are suddenly in a frenzy about the possibility the Palestinians may go to the United Nations and seek approval for a unilateral declaration of independence, and well they should be; such a move would put Israel in an impossible position without doing anything to really resolve the conflict.

But haven't we seen this movie before?

Violence and Israel: Yael Hedaya Responds

When HBO's third season of "In Treatment" premiered this week, one story line was that it lost its main writer, the Israeli novelist Yael Hedaya.  (To fans of the show, don't worry: Jhumpa Lahiri is her replacement.) The HBO version was really an adaptation, nearly verbatim, of the Israeli hit series Bi'Tipul, where Hedaya wrote some of the best shows.  Now in her mid-40s and still living in Israel, Hedaya is releasing her third novel in English translation this month, "Eden.&

Jewish Federations join fight against Israel delegitimization, but is that smart?

I just got a press release from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) announcing a new program to “fight efforts to delegitimize Israel,” and I confess, it caught me at an inopportune time.

The reason: I've been thinking more and more about the fact that Jewish groups all want to ride the same train – the locomotive of Israel activism. And I wonder how much of that comes at the expense of other critical areas of Jewish life.

Dichter Cancels Spain Visit Over Arrest Fears

10/26/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli lawmaker canceled a trip to Spain over fears that he would be arrested.

Avi Dichter, a Knesset member from the Kadima Party and the former head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency, was scheduled to attend an international peace summit in Spain. He changed his mind after Spain would not grant him immunity from arrest or prosecution during his time in the country.

IRAC, Abraham Fund Call for Charges Against Safed Rabbi

10/24/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two Israeli groups with U.S. affiliates called for the criminal investigation of a municipal rabbi who asked Jews not to rent apartments to non-Jews.

The Israel Religious Action Center, an affiliate of the Reform movement, and the Abraham Fund, a group that promotes Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel and that has a U.S. office, this week sent separate letters to Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein calling on him to launch a criminal incitement probe of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, Ha'aretz reported.

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