Archive for June, 2010

Rabbis for Human Rights Beit Midrash

June 29, 2010
Rabbis for Human Rights Beit Midrash

There is no shortage of human rights related stuff in Israel to blog about these days: protests that turned violent in Sheikh Jarrah, the mayor of Jerusalem's "tone deaf" plan to "help" the residents of Silwan regardless of how they feel about the help, Gilad Shalit still captive in Gaza. There is always something...
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Zionists Not Welcome

June 24, 2010
Zionists Not Welcome

"No Entry for Zionists." Where do you think you would be likely to see a sign like that? Saudi Arabia? Iran? If I said in Jerusalem, you'd probably assume I meant one of those Arab villages. I certainly know I was surprised to be walking in Mea Shearim, in the heart of the Jewish...
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Chukat 5770 – Purity from Impurity

June 18, 2010

I saw Fiddler on the Roof recently, so lines from that great musical are in my head. Like the one Tevye says: “posing problems that would cross a rabbi’s eyes…” This week’s Torah portion, Chukat from the book of Numbers, has one of those questions. The mystery of the “parah adumah,” the red heifer....
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Korach 5770: Whatever happened to "arguments for the sake of heaven?"

June 11, 2010
Korach 5770: Whatever happened to "arguments for the sake of heaven?"

Whatever happened to the idea of "arguments for the sake of heaven?"  It seems argumentation in Israel, and in the world, is becoming increasingly vicious, violent, and disrespectful.  It's one thing when the arguments are between avowed enemies, although even there hate is always ugly.  But it's especially shameful when such vitriol passes between...
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