Category: Israel

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In Israel, It’s 1984

With an twist of phrase that would have done George Orwell proud, Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch rebuked those proposing Knesset legislation to restrain the Court, calling the proposed legislation “a direct blow...

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Conversion Confuddlement

From the Urban Dictionary: “Being confuddled is when your confused about being confused but u dont know wot your confused about so your completly confuddled.” One of the more frequent complaints about Cross-Currents, at...

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Ready for Martyrdom

Today’s Jewish World Review carries an article about Saraa Barhoum, “the young star of Hamas television’s best-known children’s show.” The show is “best known for bringing the world a militant Mickey Mouse look-alike and...

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Seeing the Good

U’re’eh B’tuv Yerushalayim — Seeing the Good by Rabbi Elchonon Oberstein I recently returned from a wonderfully positive visit to Israel and want to share two observations which gave me much cause for optimism....

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Rabbi Feinstein Speaks

A recent attack on Israel’s Chief Rabbinate invoked the late and revered American Orthodox decisor of Jewish law, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. The attacker was Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom, the director of Israel’s Institute for Jewish...

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Kibbutz Conversation

Tisha B’Av – which falls this year on July 24 – always brings back the personal memory of a conversation between two teen-aged cousins more than thirty years ago. It took place on the...

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Actions, Values, and Education

by Rabbi Doron Beckerman Much virtual ink has been spilled in recent months over the acts of vandalism, hooliganism, and general bad Middos of various sub-sectors of Charedi society. One of the themes which...

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The law is an ass

The term “collective punishment” conjures up images of Nazis executing entire villages in retaliation for a partisan ambush. No wonder Jews are acutely sensitive to charges of imposing collective punishment or targeting civilians. And...

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Conversion Confusion

Israel’s Orthodox Rabbinate has been under siege of late, over the issue – once again – of conversion. And once again as well, the media abound with misinformation. This time, though, some of it...

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Democracy and media manipulation

Surprisingly, a recent panel on Israel Radio at Haifa University did not draw the media attention it deserved. At that panel, Hanan Naveh, the chief editor on the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s news desk at...

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