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Jo-Ann Mort


Hand placing ballot in ballot box with Israeli flag in the background

Israel is a vibrant democracy whose Knesset, the Israeli parliament, is a different form of government than that found in either the United States Congress or in Canada’s parliament. Let’s explore some of these differences.

Israeli prime ministers serve up to four years, based on the strength of their coalition. If the coalition weakens, a prime minister may call for elections at any time within this cycle.

Israelis vote only for the political party they want to be represented in the Knesset. The Knesset, comprised of these 120 elected representatives, then elects a prime...

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Steven R. Weisman’s new book, The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion, offers a compelling narrative about the formation of the Jewish religion in the United States. In discussing the Reform Movement as it evolved from the 1830s to today, he touches on many themes of importance to us in our daily lives as Reform Jews. What inspired you to write this book, which is so different from your journalistic pursuits?

Steven R. Weisman: As a New York Times reporter, I covered government, politics, and economics. But I felt I could bring my...

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