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Bombing Judaism

I mean the rockets landing on Israel, causing people to run to shelters, taking few lives only because of the remarkable success of the Iron Dome. I mean the bullets which kill Israeli soldiers, cut off their young lives and leave their f...

Posted on 4 August 2014, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Tishah B’Av – and a Vigil for Life

Tonight, at the beginning of the fast of Tishah b’Av, we read Eichah, the Scroll of Lamentations. I believe it is the only text we read specifically at night except for the Haggadah, which forms the substance of the Seder. As the latt...

Posted on 4 August 2014, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Strange Meeting

As I write, a fragile three-day humanitarian truce has begun between Israel and Gaza. Few would dispute the hope that it should last, then outlast those three days, then become the beginning of a deeper and more abiding change. (In fact, ...

Posted on 1 August 2014, By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg