Rabbi Josh Weinberg

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

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Israel's parliament building, the Knesset

Medinat Halachah, Halchah HaMedina.” (A state of halachah (Jewish religious law), the State is lost.”) -“Sticker Song” by the popular Israeli band HaDag Nachash

In the Israeli elections last month, the country’s citizens elected an interesting assortment of representatives. After only 30 days – the shortest Knesset term ever – 74 of the parliament’s members voted to dissolve the body because of a failure in coalition negotiations to obtain a majority, which will send the country back to the polls for new elections in September.

Many complex political factors contributed...

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Israeli flags and blue streamers on a wire in the sunlight

This is the day that the Eternal has made – let us exult and rejoice on it. -- Psalm 118:24

Seventy-one years ago today, David Ben Gurion stood on a dais on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv and proclaimed independence for a modern Jewish State, the State of Israel. At the time, the borders and the place of religion in the new country were unresolved; other weighty issues – a constitution, a legal system, and the name of the country – had only been decided in the days preceding independence.

Seven decades and one year later, some of those questions have been resolved, but...

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Israel's parliament building, the Knesset

Last week the citizens of Israel re-elected Benjamin Netanyahu to an unprecedented fifth term as prime minister, making him the longest serving leader in the country’s history. As both a Jewish and a democratic state – which we should celebrate, but certainly not take for granted – Israel faces great challenges, and this election season saw massive head-on collisions among various political forces.   

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s win was anything but a landslide: Both Likud and the newly formed Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz, received approximately 25 percent of the popular...

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Israeli and American flags blended into one image

From March 24-26, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest American Israel lobby, will convene in Washington, D.C., for its annual Policy Conference. This gathering comes at a particularly interesting and exciting moment: just two weeks before the Israeli general elections on April 9.  

AIPAC, which traditionally stays away from internal Israeli politics, last week made a bold statement by criticizing the current prime minister for his decision to reach out to Oztma Yehudit (Jewish Power), an extremist party, to encourage its leaders to run in the upcoming...

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Wooden sign pointing on two directions that read SIMPLE and COMPLICATED

Every argument that is for [the sake of] heaven's name, it is destined to endure. But if it is not for [the sake of] heaven's name -- it is not destined to endure. What is [an example of an argument] for [the sake of] heaven's name? The argument of Hillel and Shammai. What is [an example of an argument] not for [the sake of] heaven's name? The argument of Korach and all of his congregation (Pirke Avot 5:17).

In last week’s Torah portion, Parashat Korach, we read of a major argument within the Israelite tribe between Korach and Moses. In this fight, God makes a clear judgment...

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