Category Archives: Jewish Identity

Tikun Olam and Peoplehood

By Andrew Silow-Carroll This column originally appeared in New Jersey Jewish News. There are few things more satisfying than finding out that something you’ve been saying for years is actually true. In a number of columns, I’ve written about the …

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On Rabbis and Racism

By Julian Resnick I have always loved being Jewish. At times in my life I kept this great love of mine fairly quiet and out of sight as I was part of a social and political grouping in which a …

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Anti-Semitism–Just Over the Sound: When the World Became Aware of the Jews of Malmӧ

By Miriam Katz, Translated from the Danish and excerpted by Jeffry V. Mallow Translator’s note.  Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, across the sound from Copenhagen, has become a place  of Jewish emigration.  Although attacks on Jews by Muslims are a …

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Useful Zionists

By Jeffry V. Mallow, Phd. USEFUL ZIONISTS “Who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?” ChicoMarx in “Duck Soup” Sometimes what you see is not what you get.  We need only to be reminded of the footage of little …

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Peoplehood and Return

By Rabbi David Gedzelman The intensity of an immersion experience, whether it be Birthright Israel, summer camp, a service trip, or a retreat, is difficult to maintain or replicate in any kind of follow-up or continuing programming. Away from home …

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Joy and Jeopardy

By Sharon Brous Click here to read “Joy and Jeopardy” by Rabbi Sharon Brous

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A Progressive Zionist Vidui/Confession for 5768

By Rabbis for Human Rights Israel The vidui (recounting of our sins) during the High Holidays is intended to make us feel uncomfortable, to confront us with the wrongs we have done. This vidui relates to our society today, to …

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PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL

By Rabbi Leila Gal Berner Source of Life and Guide toward Peace: bless the people and the State of Israel, the first flowering of our redemption. Shield the Land with Your love, and spread over it Your shelter of peace. …

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A Tragedy Foretold: Israel’s Unheeded Prophet

Much as it took forty years of wandering in the desert before God allowed the Jewish people to enter the Promised Land, it took forty years of wandering in the desert of ignorance for today’s Jewish people to learn the …

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What If Israel Had Turned Back?

FORTY years ago today, on the morning of June 5, 1967, Jordan launched an artillery attack on the Israeli part of Jerusalem. In reaction Israel conquered the Arab sections of the city as well as the West Bank. History is …

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