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  • Is this really the Torah God gave Moses at Sinai? (Part 1)

    By Roger Price

    February 25, 2015 | 10:14 am

    The Torah is the foundational text of the Jewish People. Initially, it asserts a pre-history and a purpose of the ancient Judahite kingdom to which contemporary Jews trace their emotional and often actual genetic origin, setting forth the kingdom’s legends and lore, its poetry and...

  • Begin biography moving, not convincing

    By Michael Berenbaum

    March 12, 2014 | 4:32 pm

    In his new biography, “Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul” (New York: Next Book, Schocken), Daniel Gordis writes passionately and poignantly about the life of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, from childhood in Brisk (now Brest-Litovsk) to the post of prime...

  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gordis, Brous, Fiscal Cliff

    December 6, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Seeking Balance

    I think that the strongest refutation of Rabbi Daniel Gordis (“When Balance Becomes Betrayal,” Nov. 30) and also of David Suissa (“War and Bickering,” Nov. 30) came from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who brilliantly used impressive intelligence gathering and...

  • Rabbi Wolpe on Gordis vs. Brous: Don’t judge the rabbis’ Torah

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 4, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Rabbis Daniel Gordis and Rabbi Sharon Brous are both friends of mine, good friends, long time friends.  I have studied with them and debated with them and treasure their character and commitment.  So it was with dismay that I read Mark Parades, a Mormon with close ties to our...

  • Letter to the Editor: Rabbi Sharon Brous vs. Rabbi Daniel Gordis: Betrayal or compassion?

    December 3, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    To the editor,

    Equating Rabbi Brous with Rabbi Gordis is almost laughable - if it weren't so sad.

    Brous is soft on Israel. Read her LAJJ article after the pro-Israel (Flotilla) rally organized by the Israeli Consulate a few years ago, where she equated the rally with a Lakers...

  • Rabbi Gordis v. Rabbi Brous: Rabbis in the ring

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    Who knew that this year’s most exciting Thanksgiving week sporting event would be a rabbinic version of “Celebrity Deathmatch”?

    The Gordis-Brous feud had all the grit and coarseness of MTV's now-defunct claymation show in which two celebrities nastily sparred in a wrestling ring...

  • Peace and protection

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    November 29, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    I have tried to figure out why Rabbi Sharon Brous’ thoughts left me empty when I read them. As Rabbi Daniel Gordis has written, there is nothing objectionable in them. In fact, as I read her e-mail word-for-word many times, I found that I agreed with her completely regarding...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous vs. Rabbi Daniel Gordis: Betrayal or compassion?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 29, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    When Rabbi Sharon Brous first read an essay by Rabbi Daniel Gordis, a colleague and former teacher, accusing her of betraying Israel, she was shocked and angry, she said. Nevertheless, her initial instinct was to refrain from feeding the publicity machine.

    Gordis’ article, posted...

  • All the families of the Earth

    November 29, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    A living Judaism demands an exquisite balance between inside and outside, concern for our own and concern for the other, particularism and universalism. From era to era and generation to generation, the balance point shifts. But as long as Jewish life holds fast to both, it...

  • Lowering the bar

    November 29, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Rabbi Danny Gordis brought the discourse on Israel to a new low this week. In a missive against me in the Times of Israel, Gordis, a former teacher and friend, a person for whom I have for years had deep affection and respect, accuses me of betrayal against both the State of Israel...

  • When balance becomes betrayal

    November 29, 2012 | 11:55 am

    Universalism, Cynthia Ozick once noted, has become the particularism of the Jews. Increasingly, our most fundamental belief about ourselves is that we dare not care about ourselves any more than we can about others. Noble Jews have moved beyond difference.

    This inability to...

  • Heartache: an email from Rabbi Sharon Brous

    November 29, 2012 | 11:35 am

    It has been a devastating couple of days in Israel and Gaza. 

    I believe that the Israeli people, who have for years endured a barrage of rocket attacks targeting innocents and designed to create terror, instability and havoc, have the right and the obligation to defend...

  • Gordis vs. Brous is not about ‘values’, and other notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 29, 2012 | 8:52 am


    If Israel is indeed somewhat nervous about a Secretary of State Susan Rice – as you can see here – it would be far more nervous about a Secretary of State or Defense Chuck Hagel. Josh Rogin reports that "Hagel is being vetted for a possible top national security post" and that...

  • War and bickering

    By David Suissa

    November 28, 2012 | 10:31 am

    As the missiles were flying last week between Israel and Gaza, verbal missiles were flying between two prominent Jews: Rabbi Sharon Brous in Los Angeles and Rabbi Daniel Gordis in Jerusalem. 

    The crux of their dispute: What is the appropriate Jewish response when the Jewish state...

  • Brous, Gordis exchange heated words on Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 20, 2012 | 11:12 am

    Rabbi Sharon Brous, leader of Ikar, a spiritual and social activism community in Los Angeles, and her colleague and friend of many years, Rabbi Danny Gordis, locked horns this week in a passionate and personal exchange of articles in the Times of Israel about what it means to...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hotel Shangri-La, Daniel Gordis, Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project

    August 29, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Legal Precedent Set Before Discrimination Suit Against Hotel Shangri-La

    In Jonah Lowenfeld’s article (“Young Jews Party for a Cause…” Aug. 24) it is disappointing that the unnamed “legal experts” apparently failed to have any knowledge of the California Court of Appeal’s...

  • Fear and Gordis

    By Rob Eshman

    August 22, 2012 | 11:27 am

    For reasons I can’t quite understand, many leaders in the pro-Israel community continue to insist that the young generation of American Jews has abandoned Israel.

    That’s just not true. 

    “Ours is the first generation in which the centrality of Zion in Jewish dreams is...

  • Is Israel giving in to Jewish fundamentalism?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 15, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    The British Economist is conducting a public debate on the following: “Is Israel succumbing to Jewish fundamentalism?” You can vote (I’d expect Economist readers will largely vote yes), you can read the ongoing debate between Avraham Burg (the “left” — voting yes) and...

  • Note to boycotters: Israel is not a thief

    By David Suissa

    July 3, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    There is an obvious way to respond to author Alice Walker’s refusal to allow her novel “The Color Purple” to be translated into Hebrew. In case you missed it, Walker accused Israel of being “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and...

  • ‘Distancing’ from Israel is used to drive political and institutional agendas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 2, 2012 | 8:52 am

    My new paper on “distancing” – the alleged drifting away of young American Jews from Israel – is now available online. It is a policy paper written for the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) and it is quite long (I wrote it with my colleague Inbal Hakman). Those of you who...

  • Pick a Gordis, any Gordis

    June 21, 2011 | 11:48 am

    Rabbi Daniel Gordis, I’m told, is perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.  He moved to Israel in 1998, after serving as founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and in Jerusalem he...

  • No ‘Place’ Like Israel

    By Rabbi Jack Riemer

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches From an Anxious State" by Daniel Gordis (Crown Publishing, $24).

    In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved from Los Angeles to Israel. It was supposed to be just for a sabbatical. But after being there for a while, the...

  • False Alarms

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Never underestimate the propensity of AmericanJews to scare themselves silly. Here we are, in the midst of anunprecedented Jewish renaissance, enjoying the most favorablespiritual climate in more than a century, including shelf loads ofJewish books at every Barnes & Noble, and still...