Rabbi Rick Jacobs responds to Ariel Gold’s son, stating unequivocally: I think Israel turning away your mother was disgraceful and a mistake.
Rabbi Jacobs wonders: Is our relationship with our Israeli siblings, like that of Joseph and his brothers, in the pits?
Intimate gatherings can make for pointed arguments that detract from the joy of the holiday, especially in an election year. But that doesn’t mean we should avoid prickly subjects.
Intermarriage is a reality of American life. Instead of treating intermarriage like a ‘disease,’ Rabbi Rick Jacobs trumpets the success of outreach to secure Jewish future.
Israel should be Jewish but not Orthodox. No branch of the faith should hold political power, nor should the state take religious authority upon itself.
How ironic it is that Israel is the only democracy in the world that embraces legal discrimination against the streams of Judaism that embrace equality of women.