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Rabbi Josh Weinberg


“Take your son, your only one, the one you love, Yitzhak…” (Gen 22:2)

Just as the biblical story of the Akeidah (the binding of Isaac) perplexes us and forces us to ask difficult questions, so too, does Israeli society struggle – as it has for two decades – with the context in which to observe the yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin.

The prodigal son of the Zionist enterprise, Rabin was born in 1922 and educated at the famous Kadoorie Agricultural High School. He joined the Palmach (the elite fighting force of the Jewish underground army) in the 1940s and became one of the great...

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The 21st Zionist Congress in Geneva, 1939

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I am sure that over the past couple of weeks you have watched the news coming out of Israel with grave concern. These new terror attacks are both difficult to deter and impossible to predict: One Israeli friend of mine commented, “It feels like 2002 all over again, except all the lessons we learned about suicide bombers aren’t helpful in preventing someone stabbing you in your neighborhood.”

It is no doubt a trying time for the people of Israel, for the Palestinians, and for all of us who feel emotionally connected to the situation...

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“And God said to Abraham: 'Go from your land, your birthplace, and your father's house...'" (Genesis12:2) – To what may this be compared? To a man who was traveling from place to place when he saw a palace in flames. He wondered: "Is it possible that the palace has no owner?" The owner of the palace looked out and said, "I am the owner of the palace." So Abraham our father said, "Is it possible that the world lacks a ruler?" God looked out and said to him, "I am the ruler, the Sovereign of the universe." (Breishit Rabbah 39:1)

Upon Tuesday’s announcement of a nuclear agreement...

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“The relation of Diaspora Judaism to that of Israel is like the relation of heat to the flame that produces it. Without the flame, there could be no heat. If we wish to enjoy the heat of Jewish creativity in the Diaspora, we must, through our personal participation in the Zionist cause, keep feeding the flame of Jewish life in the State of Israel.” –Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan

The basic Zionist premise on Jewish life is that there are two places in the world: Israel and outside-of-Israel (known in Hebrew as Hutz La’aretz, often abbreviated as Hu”l). This truism came into being when,...

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And they spread an evil report of the land which they had spied out unto the children of Israel, saying: 'The land, through which we have passed to spy it, is a land that devours it inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. (Numbers 13:32)

The votes are counted and the results are in. We, the Reform Jewish Movement, celebrated an important and significant victory for our movement. In winning 56 seats out of 145 we will be taking the largest delegation to the World Zionist Congress in October ― maintaining our place as the largest Zionist...

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