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Sep 29, 2023, 6:17 PM
The Public Prayer At Habima Square
Last Saturday, the day before Yom Kippur eve, I attended the demonstration in Jerusalem in front of the President’s Residence. It was a respectful and welcoming demonstration of pluralism, with participants including both religious and non-religious individuals from various...
Sep 29, 2023, 6:43 AM
The Achilles Heel of Judicial Reform: Democracy & Capitalism
The Judicial Reform program that many Israelis view as a direct attack on the country’s democracy has brought with it serious harm to the country’s economy: significantly weakened shekel; rising inflation; reduction in high-tech foreign investment; brain drain to...
Sep 28, 2023, 9:46 PM
Sukkot in public — in the parasha and at the protests
This is my 38th consecutive post connecting the parasha and Israel’s pro-democracy protests. If you'd like e-mail notifications of future posts, write via ‘contact me’ (above right). This first of this week’s two parshiot for the festival of Sukkot (Leviticus...
Howard F Jaeckel
Sep 27, 2023, 6:57 PM
A Dangerous Moment at the Court
On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Israel will hear arguments in a case even more momentous – and more threatening to the unity of the country -- than the arguments heard a few weeks ago concerning the “reasonableness law.” If...
Sep 27, 2023, 6:23 PM
Friday’s Protest for Democracy in Israel at the UN was Historic
On Friday thousands of American Jews and Israelis protested to support Israeli democracy. The protest took place outside the UN headquarters, while Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the General Assembly. It was a historic event, and as one of the organizers,...
Sep 27, 2023, 5:00 PM
The Yisraeli left cult of the Supreme Court
In a democratic country (not Yisrael), the Supreme Court is not all powerful and able to pass a judgement on every single thing in life. In a truly democratic country, every single institution and the people serving in it, and...
Sep 27, 2023, 3:53 PM
How to atone for Tel Aviv?
Why political action is the path to fix that which was broken My community has sinned. Despite all the care we have for one another, despite the years we have supported one another, the events in Tel Aviv and our...
Francine M. Gordon
Sep 27, 2023, 2:25 PM
My Post Yom Kippur Prayer
In the modern Jewish Democratic State of Israel, where is the Seat of Judgement? Above in the Heavens or Down Below in the Hands created by the Source of All? The facts on the ground are painfully clear for...
Sep 26, 2023, 7:03 PM
Standing with Israeli protestors
Fifty years ago, the armies of Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israeli forces in the Sinai desert and Golan Heights. It was on this very day of Yom Kippur in 1973. Israel suffered terrible losses especially...
Ari Z. Zivotofsky
Sep 26, 2023, 6:18 PM
Israeli Declaration of Independence: A worthy document but not as a billboard
It is there, staring down at me, a huge poster of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. Since the beginning of August, every time I enter the building in which I work at Bar Ilan University, hanging over the entrance...