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The Kotel controversy

The Kotel controversy

Many are following the twists and turns of the Kotel controversy with great interest and often anxiety. While grateful to the Jewish Week for featuring his take on the current state of the controversy, Rabbi Uri Regev feels that further contextualization and explanation is needed beyond the quotes that were reported.


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Politicians who degrade the Diaspora shouldn't seek support in its communities

Politicians who degrade the Diaspora shouldn't seek support in its communities

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How low can Israeli politicians stoop?

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Israeli religious leaders' theological responses to the US elections

Israeli religious leaders' theological responses to the US elections

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MK Amsalem's ugly disdain for Diaspora Jewry

MK Amsalem's ugly disdain for Diaspora Jewry

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PM to Diaspora Jews: Be Patient! We say: NO!

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The 2016 Israel Religion & State Index

The 2016 Israel Religion & State Index

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The AJC-JPost surveys of American & Israeli Jews on pluralism in Israel

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Is the Kotel Deal Merely a Fig Leaf For Rabbinic Tyranny?

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