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May 16, 2014, 7:14 PM
Parsha B’Hukotai: Keep THESE Laws
There's something I like to do when I read the weekly Torah parshah: 9 aliyot. (Except this week, whereas the Book of Numbers starts next week; but it still provides an interesting perspective on the tonal shift of the...
May 6, 2014, 8:30 PM
66 Years: We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Independence for Israel isn't an endgame. I can hardly imagine even the non-religious founders of the Jewish state thought their work was done, much less in their own lifetimes. They saw war within hours of their declaration, so I...
Mar 7, 2014, 1:43 PM
Israel’s Jewishness: It’s actually kind of a big deal
If Netanyahu is just stonewalling and not bringing up an important obstacle to peace, then why does Abbas consider the issue so critical that he refuses to give ground on it? Netanyahu has highlighted a major problem with the...
Feb 24, 2014, 7:16 PM
Elazar Stern doesn’t get the Rabbinate problem
MK Elazar Stern's threat to set up an alternative Rabbinate, or a "shadow" one, is both empty and useless. The problem of over-regulated conversions (and marriages and divorces and other issues of personal status) is not solved by an...
Feb 18, 2014, 1:51 PM
Conversion: It’s not a cookie-cutter process
The only sensible way to approach Jewish conversion is with an open mind and a goal to successfully integrate candidates into the Jewish people. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel doesn't have this central tenet of conversion in mind, as...
Feb 12, 2014, 1:28 AM
European anti-religious legislation could learn a thing or two from Martin Luther King Jr.
European legislation against the free practice and expression of Judaism is fundamentally anti-democratic, justified by subjective logic and reflects a legacy of pre-World War II discrimination against the continental Jewish communities. The rise in anti-circumcision legislation, laws against kosher slaughter...
Feb 4, 2014, 9:25 PM
Will I ever be right-wing enough?
The Times of Israel's new Arabic edition is definitely a curveball I wouldn't have been ready for. Still, it's a great chance for me to get over my rusty Arabic skills by comparing the already sleeker-looking layout of the...
Jan 9, 2014, 5:34 PM
Israel wants the Jordan Valley in case Jordan’s king falls
“We live in an environment undergoing strategic changes. There is no threat to the Jordan Valley from the eastern frontier,” - Shelly Yachimovich on December 30, 2013. I have not read anyone talk about it, but Israel's demand to maintain the...
Jan 1, 2014, 12:48 AM
4 things the Jewish World has to do in 2014
An agenda for the coming year, from fighting European anti-Jewish laws to getting our act together on conversion
Dec 5, 2013, 12:25 PM
Religion is not a threat to the peace process
I think it's telling that despite the United States' nuanced stance toward Israelis and Palestinians, which changes from administration to administration, it is still the arbitrator for both parties in whatever peace negotiations take place during those respective US...
Gedalyah Reback is an experienced writer on technology, startups, the Middle East and Islam. He also focuses on issues of personal status in Judaism, namely conversion.