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The synagogue at Shorashim is traditional in its liturgy, but fully egalitarian in its practice: We use the standard Israeli Orthodox prayerbook (which we receive free from the ministry of religion), but women and men participate and lead equally, and there are a number of women in the community who wear a tallit during the morning service. This has been stable throughout the three decades of the community's existence. We know that there are members who have come to live in the community over the years, from...

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Recently the Hebrew-Arabic website Dugrinet sponsored a Friday morning excursion to the excavation of Kfar Shichin. There was a big crowd, because Dr. Motti Aviam, who heads the Israeli delegation to the dig, is both a respected archaeologist and a charismatic teacher, so it is always fun and fascinating to visit a site with him...

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Our opening faculty meeting at Hebrew Union College last week was sabotaged by an Orthodox rabbi: Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, who died that day, and whose funeral, attended by over half a million, made public and private transportation in Jerusalem a nightmare. Some teachers couldn't get to the college, some were afraid they'd be unable to get home. Since the funeral, there has been widespread public...

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In Israel, all cities and towns hold their elections every five years, on the same date; the next election is next week. Last week I attended an evening devoted to discussing issues and developments in municipal politics in the Arab towns and villages. Sponsored by a few local non-...

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On that occasion…Joshua addressed the Lord…: “Stand still, O sun, at  Gibeon, O moon, in the Valley of Ayalon!”  …Thus the sun halted in midheaven, and did not press on to set, for a whole day; for the Lord fought for Israel. -Joshua 10:12-14

Once again this year, on the Saturday night before Yom Kippur, we went off of daylight saving time (referred to here as “summer time”), over a month before the rest of the world. Not that many years ago, the timing of the clock change, at both ends, was always a surprise, as each year the Knesset would debate it and announce a date. But after...

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