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This Argument Will Not End Until the Messiah Comes
Rob Eshman’s criticism of former President George W. Bush’s public support for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) is well put (“Why Bush Was Wrong,” Nov. 15). However, the participation of a former president in MJBI’s...
April 23, 2013 | 4:41 pm
While American Jews haven’t been looking — or have been looking in the wrong places — Jewish pluralism in Israel is booming. But like most things in Israel it looks much different than Jewish pluralism in the United States. In Israel, Jewish pluralism takes place almost totally...
December 5, 2012 | 11:47 am
I want to thank Rob Eshman for his review of the important Town Hall on Religious Pluralism that took place at Temple Emanuel last week and for his moderating a community conversation in which people have such passionate and diverse opinions. What he didn’t mention...
May 17, 2012 | 11:56 am
For the past six years The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, which is named in honor of my father and that I now run with my son Adam, has held a conference called “Why Be Jewish?” It is an intimate gathering that seeks to explore an expansive question. This year, in conjunction with the...
November 10, 2010 | 10:06 am
Jessica Youseffi and Sarah Shahawy, two undergraduate students at the University of Southern California (USC), discussed how the teachings of Judaism and Islam, their respective religions, obligate them to accept people of other faiths and to work toward tikkun olam.
July 9, 2008 | 11:50 pmJune 2008 witnessed two developments in the Masorti/Conservative community in Israel that have significant implications for the drive for religious pluralism in the Jewish state, an issue that is high on the agenda of Zionist Jews around the world.
They relate to two controversies...
November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm"People in Israel are so overloaded by big problems, mainly security but also corruption, that it's easy to disconnect from dealing with social inequities," said Ronit Heyd, a young Israeli activist.
Heyd, joined by Ilana Litvak, who came to Israel from the former Soviet Union, and...
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We were all seated in our respective minyanin when a large outburst sounded from the Orthodox group down the hall. Within a few moments, teenagers were running out from every direction, anxious to see what the excitement was about. As I edged closer, I realized it was not...
January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Oddly, or perhaps not for a product of the Orthodox yeshiva world, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., profoundly shaped my religious life. His life story, with all its achievements, failures, complexities and wonders, is, like the lives of all spiritual giants, its own text and source...
November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm
For once, it would appear that Jews, Judaism and Jewish interests are not the target of violence in Paris and in so many cities across France.
After a surge in anti-Semitic hostility and incidents in recent years, that comes as something of a surprise. This time, it appears the...
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In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...
September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Children of Freedom
For those who are looking for something different this year for the High Holy Days, B'nai Horin-Children of Freedom, a Jewish Renewal Synagogue in West Los Angeles, is offering a unique opportunity. Rather than holding services in their synagogue, it will be...
March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pmThere was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.
But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...