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Learning to trust my neighbors again

On a recent Shabbat, my family gathered to celebrate a new bride and groom. 30 of us were all looking forward to spending time together and enjoying ourselves. The highlight of Shabbat was a walking tour of the Abu Tor neighborhood in Jerusalem, one of the few mixed Arab and Jewish neighborhoods in Israel, which overlooks the South side of the Old City.

The African Hebrew Israelites are our friends — and their pending deportations from Dimona are a miscarriage of justice

The Israel we love has compassion for the other, and more crucially, is open to fully accepting others as sisters and brothers.

What would happen if the U.S. stopped giving aid to Israel?

Conditioning U.S. economic assistance to Israel would not be a game changer for the country — at least economically.

So long Ruvi Rivlin, the last liberal Likudnik

Rivlin never changed with the circumstances of his party. He preferred the right, but wanted to remain welcoming.

Conversion students are asking me if it’s safe to become Jewish. This is what I tell them.

A rabbi writes: No one ever asked me whether they would face danger if they converted to Judaism — until this year.

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