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70th Anniversary Special

One story, multiple truths

One story, multiple truths

LEONARD GORDON Are we ‘Purim Jews’ or ‘Passover Jews’? Purim Jews are concerned with maintaining the security of the Jewish people while Passover Jews focus on making sure that we never do to others what was done to us when we were slaves in Egypt

A call for passionate Jewish peoplehood 

A call for passionate Jewish peoplehood 

AVRAHAM INFELD The Diaspora has turned Israel into a “charity”. But perhaps its worst mistake is the failure to teach Hebrew. As Hebrew became the day-to-day language of Israel, Hebrew literacy in the Diaspora declined

We need Israel’s endorsement of Jewish pluralism

We need Israel’s endorsement of Jewish pluralism

DELPHINE HORVILLEUR Israel should serve as a laboratory for diversity. I expect Israel and Israelis to respect our diversity and to see it as a source of inspiration, not a weakness

Critique is an expression of engagement

Critique is an expression of engagement

KENNETH BOB If the Occupation is left unaddressed, Israelis will find a less engaged Diaspora that leans to the right politically and is predominantly Orthodox. This will become damaging to the notion of Jewish peoplehood

The lesson not learned from Ahad Ha’am

The lesson not learned from Ahad Ha’am

SHAHAR BURLA The goal of a vibrant cultural and moral relationship between Israel and the Diaspora depends heavily on global Jewish communities to question Israel’s policies and hold it to account

Between national redemption and personal choice

Between national redemption and personal choice

PETA PELLACH Our achievements brought with them new challenges and we have not yet risen to them. Our biggest problem is the lack of leadership. There are no visionaries who inspire with their selfless devotion to building an ideal society

Let’s welcome them all 

Let’s welcome them all 

YOSSI BEILIN There is room for everybody, and the role of those who care for Jewish continuity, is to contain them all, not to exclude anybody who wants to be part of us

70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL — Israel and the Diaspora

70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL — Israel and the Diaspora

Does Israel care about the Diaspora? How does the Jewish world view Israel? Over the next two weeks, we will publish a series of 16 articles, written exclusively for Plus61J by leading Australian and overseas figures. Today’s edition features:

REUVEN RIVLIN, the President of Israel
BENJAMIN ELTON, Chief Rabbi of the Great Synagogue in Sydney
POLLY BRONSTEIN, founder of Israeli grassroots group Darkenu

And an introduction by ELAN EZRACHI: ‘Half the Jews in the world now live in Israel’

What does the dialogue need? More Israeliness

What does the dialogue need? More Israeliness

CHEN ARAD These conversations should be led by skilled facilitators with a strong sense of what is necessary for conducting a powerful conversation on Israel. Who is better for the job than Israelis themselves?

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