We are diminished Jews if we perpetuate a tribal identity primarily fueled by anti-Semitism rather than a Jewishness rich in content and creativity.
Rabbi Leon A. Morris
Rabbi Leon A. Morris is a vice president for North American programs in Israel at the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Israelis cannot allow our most sacred places to be controlled exclusively by a messianic, supremacist minority whose Judaism doesn't place human dignity at the center of Jewish life.
I understand why this triumphalist, intolerant freebie Haggadah was an attractive handout for preschool teachers around the country. But this Passover, let's dream of a different sort of rebuilt Jerusalem.
Liberal Judaism must be able to say 'this is the ideal we are striving for:' We can't always look to justify and sanctify exactly what most Jews currently do.
We need the faith to believe that this could be the best place and the best time in Jewish history to be a Jew.
I made aliyah this summer to an Israel that - like me - is somewhat disoriented and unclear of its future. This discordance is the perfect backdrop for both me and my new home to recreate ourselves in the new Jewish year.
When being culturally 'Jew-ish’ in America means little more than lox and bagels and a vague duty to repair the world, Israel should also be worried.