In his letter to the Jewish community in 1790, former U.S. President George Washington paved the way for Jews to live with religious liberty.
Rabbi Micah Peltz
Rabbi Micah Peltz enjoys being a rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He was ordained in May 2007 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City, where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education from the William Davidson School of Education. Rabbi Peltz is on the board of Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Mercaz USA, and is a member of the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education.
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Peltz is a contributing blogger for Haaretz Jewish World.
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Israel’s chief rabbinate decided to recognize Rabbi Weiss after leaders in the Jewish Diaspora stood up to its dogmatic approach. Now, Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders should unite for the sake of all liberal leaders.
Which great speeches from Jewish history compare with Abraham Lincoln’s powerful words?
It’s up to the individual - not religious institutions - to take control of their Jewish destiny.