Hot Topics

Makom’s Hot Topics aim to ask Jewish questions of Israeli current affairs.

Designed to be short, accessible, and challenging, each Hot Topic attempts to ask us to align our Jewish identity with the ongoing drama of Israel and the Jewish People.

We are currently experimenting with a double-format – two pieces from two different perspectives on the same issue… Comments are welcome!

Publicity campaign from Palestinian Authority

June 15, 2011

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The image is taken from a poster designed, funded, and promoted by the Palestinian Authority. (Click here for a full view)

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Ruling over Jerusalem

May 29, 2011

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On June 1st the full symbolic and political implications of the Obama/Netanyahu speeches will meet in full force. Yom Yerushalayim celebrates the day when Israel took control of Jerusalem, capturing a city on the “other” side of the 1967 borders.

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Thinking Lag Ba’Omer today

May 22, 2011

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Lag B’Omer is a festival full of contradictions. A short break in the seven-week austerities of the passage between Pesach and Shavuot: Some say we are marking the passing of a great mystic, others that we celebrate the end of a lethal epidemic, and others yet that we honor a heroic yet ultimately failed rebellion against our occupiers.

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A Free People In Our Land

May 8, 2011

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On Monday evening we will begin to celebrate the anniversary of a unique moment in Jewish history, just as tonight we mourn the loss of those who gave their lives for this moment to be sustained.

In May 1948 David Ben Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel, and in so doing signalled that for the first time in over 2000 years the Jews would be – as the re-written National Anthem would declare – a free people in their land.

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Holocaust day and bravery

May 1, 2011

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In Israel the day marking Holocaust Memorial Day is also named for the bravery or heroism of those who perished.

We bow our heads before the suffering and the genocide of the millions, and we raise our heads to honor the courage of those who fought back.

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Biyur Hametz-Spring Cleaning

April 12, 2011

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The Passover tradition of biyur hametz, where we scour the house for left-overs of pre-Pesach food, is often interpreted beyond the physical. We must also, say some, rid ourselves of that which is over-inflated, empty or superfluous in ourselves.

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Justice and Libel

April 4, 2011

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Richard Goldstone has really put the cat among the pigeons.

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Whose Israel is it anyway?

March 27, 2011

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The ongoing controversy about J-Street’s place at the table continues to rumble.

After accusations and counter-accusations in North America, last week J Street came to Israel. The Knesset, in an unprecedented move, chose to debate whether or not J Street could be classified as Pro-Israel.

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Microsoft takes on the Jewish Establishment

March 16, 2011

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Word has just reached us that on March 20th software giant Microsoft will be suing the Jewish establishment for the damage done to its spell-checker functions.

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The murders at Itamar

March 14, 2011

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No words can describe the horror and disgust at the murder of the Fogel family late Friday night.

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