Rabbis for Human Rights Leader Warns of Increasing Israeli Intransigence
Adas, Jane, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
American-born Reform Rabbi Arik Ascherman experienced two shocks when he first moved to Israel: first, he recalled, there were no bagels; second, he found that religious Israeli Jews interpret the Torah differently. Ascherman assumed that Israel's core values, as stated in its Declaration of Independence, of "freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel" meant total equality for all. He came to realize, however, that most observant Israeli Jews have been socialized into extreme nationalism, wherein the positive values apply only to how Jews treat their fellow Jews. Israeli settlers, according to Ascherman, are reading from "a warped Torah," while those Israeli Jews …
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Publication information: Article title: Rabbis for Human Rights Leader Warns of Increasing Israeli Intransigence. Contributors: Adas, Jane - Author. Magazine title: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Volume: 28. Issue: 7 Publication date: September/October 2009. Page number: 34+. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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