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The peace with Sudan and its discontents

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The folk of the Far Left must have become frum. The vociferous militants and supporters of Yachad, who tweet almost every day, have become silent all of a sudden. Shabbat began as soon as the media announced that Israel is about to establish diplomatic relations with another Arab State, Sudan; and since then we have heard nothing from the “pro-Israel pro-peace” community,

Obviously, I do not question their good faith; I know they are all good Jews of good WASP (White AShkenazi Peacenicks) stock. Sometimes I may question how many signatories of their petitions are actually informed of what they later discover to have signed, but I trust them when they claim to be “pro-Israel”. Even if imposing security policies to a country where I do not live is not my idea of being pro.

And of course, I trust them when they claim to be “pro-peace”. They certainly rejoice because the relations between Israel and Sudan, a State of almost 42 million population, are entering an era of peace. Probably they refrain from sharing their happiness because they have decided to embrace an Orthodox lifestyle and the happy news has arrived on Shabbat.

I am not Orthodox. I am a Reform rabbi, and thus I rejoice.

We Reform Jews accept Biblical scholarship. The Torah for us is a collection of different texts whose authors are human beings (as modern scholarship maintains) which I consider divinely inspired. We believe in gender equality, and we reckon that our religious tradition has been influenced by patriarchal customs that we must........

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