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'Not Our Judaism'

by Oui Tue Feb 27th, 2024 at 06:46:05 PM EST

The created scourge of ultra-right movement and politicians in the United States, European Union and the Jewish State of Israel. Biggest threat to western ideals and democratic principles.

For Religious Leftists, This Tisha B'Av Is About Reclaiming Judaism From Extremists | Haaretz - 26 July 2023 |

'What better time to open our eyes to things we are blind do, like how we treat our neighbors and minorities, than Tisha B'Av?' asks one activist, as Jews remember the destruction of the temples

On the annual fast of Tisha B'Av, as Jews around the world gather to mourn the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem, one synagogue will be using the opportunity for some serious soul-searching about the damage the Jews themselves have wrought upon the Palestinian residents of the deeply divided city.

Members of Kehillat Yedidya, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Jerusalem, will host a conversation with three prominent anti-occupation activists who focus on Palestinian human rights violations in East Jerusalem: Yehudit Oppenheimer, the executive director of Ir Amim, a nonprofit that seeks to ensure the "dignity and welfare" of all residents of the city; Jessica Montell, the executive director of HaMoked, a human rights NGO that works to protect the residency rights of East Jerusalem Palestinian residents; and Alon Arad, the CEO of Emek Shaveh, an organization that fights the politicization of archaeology and tourism in East Jerusalem.

The title of this gathering is "Signs of the Destruction of the Holy City in Contemporary Times."

Kehillat Yedidya, a congregation established by immigrants from the United States and Britain, was among the first Orthodox synagogues in Israel to encourage greater female participation in religious rituals. But like many Orthodox congregations in Israel, it has tended to steer clear of fraught political issues like the occupation.

"I think this has been a really courageous step for them," said Anton Goodman, a longtime activist in Oz VeShalom, a left-wing, religious movement that helped organize the event. "The recent elections and the government that's come out of them have been a watershed moment for the whole country. But with religious Zionist society, it's been especially challenging considering there's a party [Bezalel Smotrich's Religious Zionism] named after our community that is advancing the most fanatical, radical and extremist policies we've ever seen. People are suddenly waking up, and we on the religious left are hoping to leverage what's going on to build a larger camp."

It is no coincidence that Tisha B'Av was chosen as the date to hold the event. "If you live in Jerusalem today and are mourning the destruction of the Temple, you need to be thinking at the same time about your own responsibility for the demolition of Palestinian buildings, the separation of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, and the overall discrimination and lack of investment in the Palestinian residents of this city," Goodman said.

More than 350,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem and account for roughly 40 percent of the city's population. Very few of them hold Israeli citizenship.

'Not Our Judaism': Israel's Religious Left Takes a Stand Against Netanyahu Government | Haaretz - 26 Jan. 2023 |

The success of extremist parties in last year's election was a wake-up call for many religious moderates and leftists, who are now uniting in a bid to counter the coalition's Jewish supremacists.

Mention religious leftists in any conversation in Israel and you're bound to elicit the following wisecrack: "You mean all 10 of them?"

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Yair has all necessary qualifications for a brilliant political career in the footsteps of his father ... son of Nero. 😡

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