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Religious Pluralism

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
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
Women at the Kotel holding a prayer shawl over other women who are reading from the Torah

A week has passed, and I am still mentally and emotionally processing my experience chanting Torah for the first time on Rosh Chodesh

Sharon Mann
Seated Orthodox Jewish man reading the Torah at the Western Wall

You might not know it, but if you stay at a hotel while visiting Israel, about 10% of your bill goes to certify that the food and facilities are kosher in the eyes of the state-sponsored, ultra-Ort

Anat Hoffman
airmail envelopes

Greetings from Jerusalem.

Rabbi Noa Sattath
Signs requiring women to dress modestly written in both English and Hebrew in Beit Shemesh

You open the refrigerator only to discover that there is no milk. You can’t bear the thought of drinking your coffee black, and quickly start planning an emergency drive to the local market.

Anat Hoffman

It's been a big year in Israel, from ongoing conflict at the Western Wall to recent the fires that ravaged the country.

Kate Bigam

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