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Rabbi Dow Marmur

Rabbi Marmur is spiritual leader emeritus of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Now a resident of Israel, he may be contacted via [email protected]
Vladimir Putin discussed with Prime Minister of the State of Israel

Russians may play role in Israeli elections

A cartoon in Ha’aretz (January 14) shows Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, in a room with his cyber hackers. One of them asks his president something to the effect: “Are we on the side of...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2015, after general elections with Netanyahu claiming victory. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

Will Israel’s new election tie attorney general’s hands?

Mordechai Kremnitzer, professor emeritus of law at the Hebrew University, cites in his Ha’aretz column of January 10 the old story about the man who murdered his parents and then claimed clemency in court because he...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Who will oppose Netanyahu in April 9 election?

The day after it was announced that Israelis will go to the polls on April 9, a headline in the Times of Israel read: “Early election timing likely more to do with graft-dodging than draft-dodging.” Though...

Some in Israel consider the term ‘Reform’ an insult

A court of law in Israel may soon have to decide whether to call someone Reform is an insult. Adina Bar Shalom – the daughter of the former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, the...

Search on for a succesor for Netanyahu

Israelis are getting tired of Binyamin Netanyahu. The continued saga of his possible indictment for bribery and related matters reflect his less than healthy relationship to money. The reported antics of his wife have...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Dec. 4, 2018. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Outside influences always have impacted Judaism

Sir Simon Schama, celebrated historian, best-selling author, and TV personality was in Jerusalem the other day to give a lecture called, “Jewish Arguments Then and Now.” Starting with the two creation stories in the...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displays a fragment of an Iranian drone destroyed over Israeli airspace in February during his speech at the Munich Security Conference. Credit: GPO.

The three hats of Bibi Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — In addition to wearing the hat of prime minister of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu wears at least three other hats. He’s Israel’s foreign minister, its communications minister and its defense minister. The other...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Chad President Idriss Déby on Nov. 25, 2018. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Netanyahu courts some worrisome friends

There’s evidence to suggest that much of the Muslim world is abandoning the Palestinians in favor of Israel. What in recent years had been covert has now become overt: Israel’s seemingly warm relationship with...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Education Minister Naftali Bennett during a plenum session in the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament on Nov. 13, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Why is there no new election in Israel?

The machinations of some of the leading politicians in Israel are sufficiently transparent to make it possible to draw one’s own conclusions irrespective of what they tell us. Thus, for example, Avigdor Lieberman’s decision...

Progressive Judaism makes gains in Israel

In the closing decades of the last century, whenever Israeli politicians came to visit Reform congregations I served, we would quiz them about equal rights for non-Orthodox Jews in the Jewish state. The same...

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