Andy Bachman


Censoring Hillels Goes Against Jewish Traditions

By Andy Bachman

Hillel President Eric Fingerhut chats with a student. Flickr: Hillel News and Views. Read More


Don't Believe in God? Come Aboard!

By Andy Bachman

Don't Believe in God? Come Aboard!
Not believing in God shouldn’t be an impediment for joining the Jewish people in the way non-Jews have for centuries: through conversion.Read More


Congregation Needs To Be Involved in Israel To Make a Difference

By Andy Bachman

Congregation Needs To Be Involved in Israel To Make a Difference
How do you deal with Israel from the pulpit? Insist that people visit, roll up their sleeves and dig in. Otherwise, it’s all just talk. And God knows there’s plenty of that to go around.Read More


Laws, Not Words, Can Ease Pain of Newtown

By Andy Bachman

Laws, Not Words, Can Ease Pain of Newtown
For 73 years after her father was murdered, Andy Bachman’s mother felt the system favored gun-owners over victims. Words didn’t help ease her pain. New laws did.Read More


Reason Prevails in Brooklyn BDS Vote

By Andy Bachman

Reason Prevails in Brooklyn BDS Vote
The reasonable center prevailed when Brooklyn’s Park Slope Food Coop voted to reject a Boycott Israel proposal, writes Andy Bachman, a rabbi and co-op member.Read More






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  • "Dear Diaspora Jews, I’m sorry to break it to you, but you can’t have it both ways. You can’t insist that every Jew is intrinsically part of the Israeli state and that Jews are also intrinsically separate from, and therefore not responsible for, the actions of the Israeli state." Do you agree?
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