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Rabbi Eric Yoffie is a writer, lecturer, and President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism. His latest articles are below. 

‘One-state Solution’: Israeli-sanctioned Apartheid or Bloody Civil War

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Haaretz | 0 comments

‘One-state Solution’: Israeli-sanctioned Apartheid or Bloody Civil War

Who would have thought? The forces of the Jewish hard right and the Jewish hard left have united. The Likud Central Committee and the Jewish Voice for Peace have joined the same team, along with other extremist forces on the right and the left. Both are intent on establishing a bi-national state in place of the Jewish state of Israel. Both are committed to a one-state solution that will put an...

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Netanyahu Ditched the Jewish Diaspora in 2017. Why?

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Haaretz | 4 comments

Netanyahu Ditched the Jewish Diaspora in 2017. Why?

Everyone knows by now that Benjamin Netanyahu has made an utter mess of relations between American Jews and the State of Israel. Everyone knows that Netanyahu has carved out a place for himself as the most hostile Prime Minister ever toward the Jews of the Diaspora. Exhibit A is Netanyahu’s abandonment of his own compromise on the Kotel. But there are other matters – his toying with the...

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Millennials Ask about Israel

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Articles, By Eric | 0 comments

Millennials Ask about Israel

“Is There a Generation Gap When Talking About the Jewish State?” Question: As a young person, I feel like there is often a gap between how I talk about Israel and how older Jews talk about Israel because of our differences in education. My mom, for example, is uncomfortable using the word “occupation” whereas I am not. My parents’ education focused a lot more on the promises of the Zionist...

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We Will Not Give Up on Gun Control

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Huffington Post | 0 comments

We Will Not Give Up on Gun Control

This article was published on April 18, 2013. Sadly, it is very relevant today Our leaders have failed us, again. And I don’t know about you, but as a religious person, I’m angry. Approximately 90 percent of the American people believe that their fellow Americans should undergo a background check before they are permitted to purchase a gun. But the legislation mandating those...

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Mike Pence, God may never forgive you

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Huffington Post | 5 comments

Mike Pence, God may never forgive you

Vice President Pence, the fate of the Graham-Cassidy bill is hanging by a thread.  Your party is one or two votes short of the 50 that it needs in the Senate.  If it gets them, you will break the tie and determine whether the bill passes and is sent along to the House for almost certain approval. VP Pence, please consider that voting for this healthcare bill will cause human suffering on a scale...

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Who are Jewish Role Models Today?

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Articles, By Eric | 4 comments

This article, written by  Joseph Aaron, appeared in The Chicago Jewish News, August 3, 2017 “…who are the Jewish role models of our time, who lives a life, acts in ways that exemplify the best in Judaism, that inspire the rest of us to better ourselves, act more honorably….Rabbi Eric Yoffie, former head of the Reform movement, showed amazing courage in speaking up and standing...

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Why I’m Thankful for America’s Immigrants and Religion

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Time | 0 comments

Why I’m Thankful for America’s Immigrants and Religion

These reflections on the 4th of July, written in 2014 for Time Magazine, seem even more relevant in the Trump Era. The Fourth of July is nearly upon us. As always, we Americans will barbeque in our backyards, watch fireworks, and celebrate America. And there is much to celebrate. Americans are informal and down-to-earth. We introduce ourselves by our first names to practically everyone. We say...

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The Problem With No-Share Parenting

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Time | 1 comment

The Problem With No-Share Parenting

A child who is 3 or 4 can be conditioned to share, to empathize, and to be generous. Don’t force your toddler to share. In fact, don’t encourage it all. It’s not even good for your child. Parents who insist that their kids “take turns” and give up their toys to other children on the playground are doing it mostly because they don’t want to be embarrassed in front of other parents. In short, we...

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Six Shared Values and the American Jewish Future

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Jerusalem Post | 0 comments

Six Shared Values and the American Jewish Future

American Jews are a fractious lot.  Our religious differences are real and important.  Our community, after all, is known for its passionate pluralism, which in many ways is a blessing and a source of strength. I recently read an interesting take on these differences in a blog post by David Strulowitz published on the Wexner Foundation site.  Mr. Strulowitz provides a fascinating and...

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Stop bashing America

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Jerusalem Post | 3 comments

Stop bashing America

American Jews are apoplectic. While they watch in astonishment, Israel’s leaders are doing everything they can to disrupt and degrade Israel’s relations with her most important ally, the United States of America. Jewish leaders are not only dismayed but genuinely puzzled.  Why in heaven’s name, they wonder, would Israeli officials do things that are guaranteed to undermine the goodwill so...

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