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Pluralism in Israel

Group of teen campers outside in front of a tree

When the Israeli cabinet voted to pull back the government’s pledge to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel (the Western Wall), more than 10,000 campers and 2,000 staff and faculty were a

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
View of coastal Netanya Israel with both industrial buildings and lush beaches in view

It’s almost Shabbat in Netanya, a coastal town in central Israel, and I’m with Rabbi Edgar Nof, the Energizer Bunny of mitzvot and inclus

Rabbi Neal Gold
Full view of Western Wall and surrounding area

Kehillat Yuval in Gedera, Israel, founded seven years ago, is my spiritual home without walls. We don’t have a permanent building.

Rabbi Myra Hovav
Group of dozens of rabbis and other Reform Jews holding Torah scrolls at the Western Wall while wearing prayer shawls

My Facebook feed has been inundated in recent weeks with articles, videos, and angry rants addressing the obstacles to religious freedom in Israel.

Chelsea Feuchs
Woman's hand holding yad and pointing to Torah text

“Aren’t you afraid of God?” a secular Israeli asked recently. “That God will strike you for your sins?” A fascinating query, since this man wasn’t religiously observant at all.

Rabbi Elyse Frishman
Bride and groom forming heart with their hands

Thus said the Lord: Again there shall be heard in this place…the sound of mirth and gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and bride…
Jeremiah 33:10-11

Rabbi Marc Rosenstein
Young girl waving large Israeli flad on a pole

In early 1948, Israel’s founders gathered to decide on a national anthem for the new State.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Row of Israeli flags against background of blue sky and clouds

Only in Israel and nowhere else is the injunction to remember felt as a religious imperative to an entire people.
-- Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

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