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In the Jerusalem Mourning Tent For a Murdered Teen

July 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Judaism and Religion, Politics and Policy

  Members of the family of Muhammad Abu-Khdeir receive Israeli visitors who came to share in their grief in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat in Jerusalem. (Photo © Gershom Gorenberg) Gershom Gorenberg My latest column is up at The American Prospect: The air-raid silence sounded at three minutes to ten at night in Jerusalem. Two […]

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Palestinians Won PR Battle Over Pope’s Visit. Will It Matter?

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Judaism and Religion, Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My apology to readers; I’ve been mostly absent from this blog while teaching for a semester at Columbia University. But I’m back, and here’s my latest piece from The American Prospect: “The Vatican treats this as a pilgrimage. We consider it a pilgrimage it with political implications.” So a Palestinian official involved in […]

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The Chief Rabbinate Proves Judaism Would Be Better Off without It

October 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment · Judaism and Religion

Ye of little faith: There is a job for you in the rabbinic bureaucracy Gershom Gorenberg My new post is up at the Daily Beast: The legitimacy index of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate has just taken another plunge. That is, the state rabbinate has reduced the number of rabbis from outside its own bureaucracy whom […]

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For Chief Rabbi, Vote Nobody (If Only You Could Vote)

July 18th, 2013 · No Comments · Judaism and Religion, Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg I explain why in my latest piece at The Daily Beast: The election will take place next Wednesday. Just 150 electors, most of whom lack the slightest claim to represent the public, will choose two new chief rabbis for the state of Israel. The winners—one Ashkenazi and one Sephardi rabbi—will become the heads […]

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I Don’t Text on Shabbas

June 18th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Judaism and Religion

Gershom Gorenberg My new piece at The Daily Beast: I was sitting in a café and talking to a friend on the phone while naturally checking text messages that kept popping up on the little screen, when I got a tweet with a link to Jonathan Safran Foer’s article, the one on how each new […]

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Our Lady of the Wall — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

June 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Culture and Ideas, Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman My back thudded on paving stones worn smooth by millions of pious Jewish feet. I cried out, gasping for air as a twelve-stone policewoman with a Meg Ryan coiffure sat herself on my chest and lit a cigarette. She seemed quite at east despite the chants of “Nazis!” “Heretics!” and “Anti-Semites” coming from […]

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A Case of Mistaken Identity

June 6th, 2013 · No Comments · Judaism and Religion, Politics and Policy

The Faux Israeli Everyman, Naftali Bennett, Appoints His Extremist Rabbi To Teach Us Judaism Gershom Gorenberg My latest at The Daily Beast: Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of religious services, has decided to appoint Rabbi Avihai Ronski to head a brand-new Jewish Identity Administration. One could simply say, “Ronski is the wrong man for the job.” […]

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Passion — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

May 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman We were just getting on the New Jersey Turnpike when Danny Engel bent over his guitar and placed his lips on those of Debbie Lieberman. Both of them were sitting on the floor in the aisle of the crowded bus that was taking our Washington Metro Area Midrasha’s students back from a Chabad […]

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Yeshayahu Leibowitz Is Not a Street Name

April 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Judaism and Religion, Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My new piece is up at the Daily Beast: Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz lived on Ussishkin Street in Jerusalem. The street was named by Menachem Ussishkin himself. An early Zionist leader, prideful, pugnacious, Ussishkin headed the Jewish National Fund for nearly 20 years. In 1931 he built an imposing house on what was then […]

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A Him to him — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

March 28th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Culture and Ideas, Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman My Dear Herr Kapellmeister, It’s spring here in Jerusalem. Fields, yards, and the few vacant lots that remain in this increasingly overbuilt city are burgeoning with blood-red anemones. Two weeks ago, Ilana and I visited a hill not too far away that is carpeted with purple lupines, growing over the ruins of an […]

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Non Sequitur — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

March 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman God knows how Eliezer’s mind works. It goes off into other dimensions every time I try to have a serious conversation with him. That’s what happened on Purim this year. I waited through the entire reading of the megillah, the Book of Esther, to point out to him Chapter 4, verse 14, which […]

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The Manna Stops Falling

September 30th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Judaism and Religion, Politics and Policy

Drafting the ultra-Orthodox is a diversion. It’s more important for their kids to learn math and English Gershom Gorenberg Prospect Magazine in the UK has posted my portrait of the crisis facing Israel’s haredim – and all the rest of us. “The system just isn’t relevant to life,” says Asher Gold. He wears black trousers, […]

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