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Israel/Palestine 2023

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The takeover of Israel by its extreme messianic right wing is now irrefutably complete.
We do well to remain vigilant about the ways in which our overarching narratives become self-serving and one-sided.
We need to hold both: our Israeli and Jewish family, and our extended family — the Palestinians in Gaza living beneath the bombs and those under assault on the West Bank.
The Houthis preach a particular, religiously informed hatred of Jews, a specific kind of antisemitism that has its foundation in an extremist strand of modern Islamic teaching.
I love Israel, but not more than Judaism itself. Not more than humanity.
Our call for a ceasefire is not a betrayal of Jewish values but an authentic expression of them.
In providing venues for both consolation of suffering and the arousal of activism, rabbis lead our synagogues towards becoming communities of deep meaning.
Israel's Declaration of Independence envisions a state founded on the values of democracy, pluralism and equal rights for all its citizens, regardless of ethnicity or religion.
Israelism captures a concerted effort that admonishes American Jews to see Israel as a — or maybe the — pillar of Jewish identity, synonymous with their Jewishness.
The healing of the Jewish people is in our indigenous ways, our restoration of the land and our connection to it.

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