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April 2010

Apr
18
2010

The Bridge Builder – By Yaron Gottlieb

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Rav Elon Scandal

Unfortunately any scandals or misdeeds associated with a religion – or more often, with religious leaders – will always be used by some as a refutation of the religion itself. “Don’t shoot the messenger,” is a well-worn cliché, but perhaps as important is the notion that that the message – if useful or relevant [...]

Apr
9
2010

Shabbat Shalom and a Brilliant post at YourJC

The blog, YourJC, has a post that provides one of the smartest arguments for the urgent need for diversification  of Jewish religious life in this country. Highly recommended.
Yaron and I will be back next week. Till then, we wish you Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful weekend.

Apr
6
2010

Riots, Religiosity, and The Broken Bridge

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series The Rav Elon Scandal

Riots, Religiosity, and The Broken Bridge
My Israeli family had an unusual gift: they could always find a riot to stumble upon accidentally.
Back in 1994, when I was young and studying in Israel, my uncle and aunty* loved nothing more than to drive me back to Jerusalem after Shabbat (the Sabbath). They lived close to Tel [...]

Apr
3
2010

After Pessach: The Israeli Secular/Religious Divide After the Rabbi Elon Scandal

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable long weekend and that our observant Jewish readers are surviving the dietary rigours of Pessach.
The next post will be up on Wednesday.
I will respond to themes touched on by Yaron in his post on the Rabbi Elon sex scandal. My post will  explore the secular/religious divide from a [...]