Troy: The miracle is how much we’re actually united

The growing gap between the Diaspora and Israel has become this year’s BJW: Big Jewish Worry. Three decades ago, Jews worried about intermarriage. Two decades ago, Jews worried about “continuity”; the intermarriage problem reframed. A decade ago, Jews worried about Israel’s delegitimization. Five years ago, it was BDS; the anti-Israel boycott. We haven’t solved any […]

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CENTER FIELD: ADDRESS INVISIBLE ELECTORAL ISSUES: THE MAASARWE AND BIADGA TESTS

Election campaigns are like spotlights focusing intense light on a limited number of issues, while rendering others invisible. Clearly, this election campaign will pivot around the Netanyahu corruption scandals, the Hamas and Hezbollah threats, the Palestinian stalemate, Israel’s economic future. Spotlighting those issues will leave other compelling issues in the shadows. As proof, most politicians, […]

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THE TWO MEN WHO EMBODIED THE JEWISH FUTURE

Coincidentally, Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat, the spiritual leader of Montreal’s Congregation Shaar Hashomayim from 1946 to 1993, and Amos Oz, Israel’s great novelist, died within hours of each other in late December. Looking at both their lives illuminates the Jewish people’s two great responses to the destruction of European Jewry. Rabbi Shuchat represented the more religious […]

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A ZIONIST AGENDA FOR ISRAEL’S 2019 ELECTIONS

Israel’s election campaign just began and we’re already exhausted. The issues are thorny; the candidates, prickly and silly. But while grumbling, nitpicking, arguing, handicapping and, ultimately voting – it’s worth dreaming too. What do we as Zionists want from the Zionist parties? Yes, democracy is frustrating, even embarrassing. Sometimes, Prime-Minister-Defense-Minister-Foreign-Minister-Health-Minister-Religious-Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu mimics one of […]

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POISONED FRUIT: SETTLER YOUTHS’ UNPATRIOTIC, ANTI-ZIONIST VIOLENCE IS EVIL

While our politicians’ Bibi-Bennett-Ayelet, Goodbye Gabbay and Tzipi, Hello Gantz and Glick childish antics are demoralizing, the settler youths’ unpatriotic, anti-Zionist violence is evil. We cannot denounce terrorism committed against us but not by some of us. It doesn’t matter where you stand regarding the territories – it’s about where you stand as a person, […]

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