In Israel, New York Gay Rabbi Fires Back at Critics

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum was chastised during the Gaza war for her recognition of Palestinian suffering. This week, she was surprised to find debate easier in Israel than among liberal U.S. Jews.

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The rabbi of the largest gay synagogue in the world learned this on the road here this week: It’s much easier to voice criticism of Israel to Israelis than it is to progressive-minded New Yorkers.