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Religion in Israel: Democracy and Pluralism Must go Hand in Hand

Fresh Updates from RAC » Israel   |   Aug 25, 2014 12:00 AM
As the only thriving democracy in the Middle East, Israel is a beacon of light in a region often filled with despair. And yet, despite its democratic nature, when it comes to religious pluralism, Israel has a long way to go. In 1947, Israel adopted the Ottoman Millet system, formerly in place under the British […]

A Response to the Cries of anti-Semitism in France

Fresh Updates from RAC » Israel   |   Aug 6, 2014 12:00 AM
In the past few days I have received numerous messages of concern from friends from all over the world. They refer to media coverage of the anti-Semitic attacks that took place in Paris and often make comparisons to World War II, such as the attacks of Kristallnacht. First, let me be clear: These are very […]

Opening a New Book: Lessons from Parashat D’varim

Fresh Updates from RAC » Israel   |   Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM
Chasidic tales. The foolish but pious people of Chelm. Folklore. Myths. The Jewish people is a people of storytellers. We use stories to make our points, identify moral and ethical responsibilities, and connect ourselves to an ancient tradition. Each time we hear a story, we find ourselves in it. Maybe we don’t always do this […]
Policy resolutions on Israel from the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis
The Reform Movement believes that peace is indispensable to Israel's security and well-being, and that a two-state solution (one Jewish, one Palestinian) is necessary to achieve a viable and lasting peace.
Although there has always been tension in Israel between the religious establishment and progressive or secular Jews, it has never been as heated or intense as the current crisis between the Orthodox authorities and the progressive Jewish movements. Beginning with the "Who is a Jew?" debates in the 1980s, the issue has increasingly become more complex and emotional.
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Further Reading

All Sides of the Fence
This is not a comprehensive analysis of the issue but the arguments included mention many of the concerns raised by proponents and opponents of the security fence.

Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Packet
Memorial programs to honor the late Yitzhak Rabin.

Moving Forward
A collection of essays from leading Israelis and Americans about the future of the peace process.

Expanding the Conversation, a series by Joseph (Yossi) Alpher:

 

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