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It all started with an injury. Orly, the head of our legal department, broke her leg during the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance last week. One minute, she was full of activist energy, the next she was writhing on the ground in pain. Orly’s plight made all of us stop to examine how fragile we are as individuals and as a team. […]
Beit Ha’am Z-Talks Pray for the Wellbeing of Jerusalem Psalms 122 A Special Edition in the Wake of the Western Wall Plan Turmoil “A dispute that is for the sake of Heaven is destined to endure; one that is not for the sake of Heaven is not destined to endure.” (Ethics of the Fathers, 5:17) The decision to put a freeze on the Western Wall plan was made on Rosh Hodesh – the first day [...]
“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Lev. 19: 18) – וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ Reflections from Israel – Tammy Cohen – 5th July 2017 Just a few months ago, I stood at the Kotel, leyned from Torah and together with Rabbi Gersh Lazarow, led a Mincha Shabbat service as we celebrated the bat mitzvah of one of our Australian community members. My first visit to the current Egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel was uplifting, it was [...]
Background: On Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet made a decision to reverse an earlier decision to establish a pluralist prayer space at the Western Wall. Additionally, there was an initial approval of a bill that would give the Chief Rabbinate a monopoly on conversion in Israel. President of the ZFA Dr Danny Lamm, who was in Israel for Board of Governor’s meetings with The Jewish Agency for Israel, said these decisions came as a tremendous shock [...]
Over the past few days we have once again been reminded in the most stunning manner about the lack of regard that the Government of Israel has for Progressive, Conservative and other non-Orthodox Jews in Israel and around the world. It has also provided a stark reminder of the continuing importance of the work of ARZA groups around the world to see Israel fulfill one of the basic commitments of her [...]
WE’RE MAD AS HELL AND WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANY MORE! CRISES OF CONVERSION AND KOTEL Rabbi Lawrence A. Englander Chair, ARZENU, International Reform Zionist Organization I was driving with my Israeli friend through a Jerusalem neighborhood. As we passed by houses and gardens, mothers pushing strollers and kids cruising on skateboards, he said to me: “This is such a beautiful country, with such beautiful people, beautiful landscapes — and such a horrible government!” [...]