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Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson
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Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of New York City, one of the world’s largest Reform synagogues. He was appointed Senior Rabbi in 2013. Before coming to Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Davidson was Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester and prior to that, he served for five years at Central Synagogue In New York, focusing on their social action work.

Entries by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

The Yellow Star and the Scarlet Letter

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Political historians may long debate the causal link between the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel. The demographic realities in 1936-1937 Palestine that compelled the Peel Commission to recommend dividing the land between Jews and Arabs then, certainly would have led to a partition plan...

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Numbers and Religious Liberty

(20) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 2:39 PM

There are several names for the fourth book of the Torah. In Hebrew it is titled Bamidbar, "in the wilderness," because the book describes events that occur as the Israelites journey through the wilderness of Sinai on their way to the Promised Land. But "Numbers," the name by which it...

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Bringing in Elijah

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM

It is not unusual as a rabbi to receive calls for interviews at holiday time, with newspapers, radio and television reporters. Typically they ask questions about the meaning of the observance.

Sadly, last Monday's interviews were not about Passover at all but rather about the previous day's tragic...

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Blacks and Jews in America: Fifty Years Later

(8) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 3:51 PM

1964 was a significant year in the relationship between Blacks and Jews in America. Black and Jewish lawyers meeting in the conference room of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism helped shape The Civil Rights Act. That Freedom Summer witnessed the arrest of Martin Luther King Jr. and leading...

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