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  • Some Passover reflections

    April 7, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    I love Passover. It's one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. For more than 3 score years I have enjoyed the richness of the rituals, the exotic and tasty food, and the story about a struggle for freedom, some would say a never-ending struggle, and I won't argue...
  • Yes, There Are More Reform and Conservative Israelis than You Think (But Who Are They?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2013 | 7:38 am

    A year and a half ago, I first revealed that the number of Reform and conservative Jews in Israel might be much larger than what we think. Based on unpublished data from the Guttman Center survey, I wrote back then that "Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as...

  • Why Orthodox Rabbi Cherlow wants Israel to be more welcoming to Conservative and Reform Jews

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 11, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Rabbi Yuval Cherlow is a well-known and well-respected Israeli Zionist-Orthodox rabbi, but one with a history of controversy. On Tuesday it was reported that Cherlow, in the wake of a U.S. visit, wrote a letter to his students in which he argued that there’s an urgent need to...

  • The Rosner-Cohen Exchange Part V: Are you biased against intermarried Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 30, 2012 | 9:16 am

    This is the fifth ‎part in an ongoing debate with Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. Part I is here, Part II here, Part III here and Part IV here. We have been discussing many ‎issues, and readers are...

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  • VIDEO / Israel and the Diaspora: Two sides of the same coin?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 27, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Yesterday, I hosted a panel on Israel and the Diaspora at the Jewish Agency Assembly in Jerusalem. Joining me were Ed Rettig, the director of the Israel/Middle East office at the American Jewish Committee; Solly Sacks, the director-general of the World Mizrahi Movement and member of...

  • June 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2012 | 4:05 am

    Noteworthy: ‎
    Take a Deep Breath, America

    The US should think carefully before ‎getting taking sides in Syria, Egypt and ‎elsewhere in the region, writes Leslie H. ‎Gelb in the Daily Beast.‎

    Whatever the experts tell them, our leaders will have to come to terms with some...

  • When there are no more excuses for Israel’s Reform

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 30, 2012 | 11:09 am

    For many long years, the liberal Jewish movements in Israel – that is, Reform and ‎Conservative – have used court petitions to fight their position in the Israeli pecking order. ‎More than in the houses of prayer, they have invested their energy in the houses of law; inch by...

  • Gay rabbis, God’s will, and Conservative Judaism

    By Mark Paredes

    May 14, 2012 | 12:42 am

    But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.

    Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath...

  • About Conservative ordination of openly gay rabbis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2012 | 7:22 am

    A conversation with Professor Hanan Alexander, chair of the board of trustees of the Conservative Movement’s Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Israel, which voted earlier this month to accept openly gay and lesbian candidates for rabbinical ordination.

    You told the Associated Press...

  • April 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 25, 2012 | 3:18 am

    An eyewitness account of the 1948 battle for Jerusalem

    Matti Friedman of the Times of Israel presents a glimpse into the journal of British ‎clergyman Hugh Jones, who remained in Jerusalem as the fight for control of the city ‎waged around him.  ‎

    Report of a two-hour cease...

  • ‘Lack of recognition in Israel raises some question about the legitimacy of Reform and Conservative’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 9, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Professor Ephraim Tabory of Bar-Ilan University discusses Jewish life in Israel.

    The particular dress of Haredi men and women makes it hard to miss a Haredi Jew. Their presence in Israeli society is perceptually very salient. Their life style also dictates living together in...

  • Can you believe it? Israel has more Conservative and Reform Jews than Haredis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 23, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as Conservative or Reform Jews compared to just seven percent of Israelis who define themselves as “Haredi” (ultra-Orthodox). Amazing? I think it is quite amazing, should one consider the never-ending discussion of Haredi power and...

  • Be like God

    By David Suissa

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I've always been fascinated by how words -- even great, powerful words -- can evaporate. We talk about the power of words and ideas to change people's lives, but in reality we so easily forget them and move on with our lives.

    I can't tell you how many times I'll hear a...

  • Politics of liberal and conservative Jews reverse

    By Arnold Steinberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I spoke to Reform rabbinical students in their class on "Jewish Political Tradition." Which is, exactly, what?

    My expertise, I told them, is politics, not theology. Here was my dilemma: to talk reality or defer to the orthodoxy of Reform Jews, which is to say, political...

  • Conservative Jews Face Turning Point

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It has become axiomatic in certain circles to say that the Conservative movement is at a crossroads as it considers its future.

    With the announcement this month of the upcoming retirement of Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, longtime chancellor of the movement's flagship Jewish Theological...

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