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A Rabbi, a Mayor and a President Walk into a Downtown Hotel
November 16,2017

I spent the early part of the week in the City of Angels at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (GA). Thousands of Jews from all over the country took over the gigantic JW Marriott Hotel downtown where cardboard cutouts of Golda and BenGurion seemed totally in place.
Rabbi David Wolpe (always an inspiring speaker) was one of the first speakers and he offered, "If you believe that the Jewish tradition has something to give to the world, then you have to know what that thing is . . . We need to keep learning (about Judaism) not because of the way our ancestors died, but because of the way they lived."
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (another superb speaker) talked about "bagels on Saturday and Menudo on Sunday," both a part of his mixed Jewish and Hispanic heritage.
On Monday, Israeli President Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin echoed what many American Jews were feeling about how Israel isn't responsive enough to their calls for religious pluralism. He did also suggest that we remain patient and trust Israel's political process. "Religion and state is a political issue - maybe the most explosive one," he said only hours after Jewish Federations of North America voted on a resolution that was critical of the Israeli government for freezing a deal on non-Orthodox prayer at the... [Continue reading. >>>]


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