Today is the first of the Hebrew month of Adar, and the rabbis say it’s a time of abundant joy. What the rabbis don’t say so explicitly though is that this also is a time of reflecting on what it is that lies beneath us. We know what we look like on the outside; we see our outsides all the time. But we can’t so easily see those thoughts that hide deep inside us. […]
The dedication of a new synagogue is a joyous event in the life of every community. It is a day on which the gates of heaven are open and our hearts are full. But the heart of Ilana Dothan, head of the Reform congregation Darchei Noam in Ramat Hasharon, which will soon dedicate its permanent sanctuary on Yavneh Street, has been shrinking of late. That is due to ugly occurrences of suppression of women and incidents of intolerance coming from the Orthodox sector. […]
Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as Conservative or Reform Jews compared to just seven percent of Israelis who define themselves as “Haredi” (ultra-Orthodox). Amazing? I think it is quite amazing, should one consider the never-ending discussion of Haredi power and growing population and the very little regard given to the liberal streams of Judaism within Israel. […]
Netzer Shnatties departed for Israel on 30 January 2012.