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Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish serves as the Founding Director and now as Senior Advisor of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. As of January 1, 2015, ICCI is a department of Rabbis for Human Rights. Born and raised in the U.S., he has lived in Jerusalem for 35 years. Educated at Brandeis University (B.A.) and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (EdD), he also holds rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He has written many op-eds, blogs and articles in newspapers and magazines in Israel and the U.S., over the past 40 years. A book of essays which he has edited, entitled Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel--Voices of Interreligious Dialogue, will be published in May 2015 by Paulist Press in the U.S.A. In addition, he is now working on a book on The Other Peace Process--Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Action in Israel. Rabbi Kronish lectures widely to audiences in Israel, North America and Europe on topics related to Peace, Coexistence, and Interreligious Dialogue.

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Seek Peace and Pursue It

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 5:49 PM

It is not too often lately that groups of people who are pursuing peace get together here in Israel and share ideas, hopes, dreams, and best practices. It has become rather rare in recent years, since the War Process has replaced the Peace Process. This is why I was so...

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Is Reconciliation Between Brothers Possible, Then and Now?

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 12:57 PM

The book of Genesis is replete with sibling rivalry -- Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, all struggle with each other in different ways.

Cain murders Abel in the first murder in Biblical history and the text challenges us with classic questions that ought to disturb...

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Cherishing the Moment

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 2:16 PM

On Monday evening last week, November 17th, my organization, The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (which is also the Israel chapter of Religions for Peace), held a book launch for a new book by Kadi Iyad Zahalka, entitled Shariyah in Modern Times. Kadi Zahalka is a Muslim judge of the...

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If Not Now, When?

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Yesterday, I attended a pray-in for peace in downtown Jerusalem. The police did not allow us to do this at the plaza near the Jaffa Gate, so we met at the entrance to the new Mamilla Mall, a few hundred meters away, where in good times, one can often see...

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The President of Israel Reaches Out to Palestinian Arabs of Israeli Citizenship

(11) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 9:40 AM

On my recent speaking tour in the United States, I gave two lectures on the theme "Can Arabs and Jews learn to live together in Israel and the region?" On both occasions, I talked about President Ruby Rivlin's recent historic speech in a Palestinian Arab village in Israel, and the...

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The Universal Message of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 11:53 PM

On the day before Yom Kippur last week, I wrote to my daughters invoking the memory of people in my family and many from among the Jewish people over the generations, all of whom I was planning to especially remember during the Yizkor memorial service on Yom Kippur.

And...

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The Catholic Church in Jerusalem and its Role as a Peacemaker

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 11:35 AM

One night last week, I moderated a public discussion in Jerusalem on a seemingly obscure topic: "The Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem--how it Sees the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and What is its Role as Peacemaker." The program was co-sponsored by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Interreligious...

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After the War: The Need to Pursue Peace -- If Not Now, When?

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 1:07 PM

After more than 50 days, the war between Hamas and the state of Israel is finally over. At least we really hope so! After so many cease-fires were violated by Hamas, it is hard to believe it.

It has been a nerve-wracking and emotionally tense summer in Israel. Thousands of...

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Questions and Hopes Now That the War Is Over

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 10:52 AM

We in Israel have been waiting with baited breath for a ceasefire, so that our children can come home from the front, so that the ongoing attempts at mutual destruction and demonization between Israelis and Hamas militants will cease, and so that innocent civilians on both sides can breathe easily...

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Comforting a Bereaved Palestinian Family

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Yesterday, I joined about 350 people--mostly Jewish citizens of Israel--to pay a compassionate condolence call to the family of Mohammed Khdeir (killed by young Jewish extremists), in the tent of mourning in the Palestinian neighborhood of Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem. The visit was organized by the Tag Meir (Light Tag)...

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From Enemy to Friend, Book Review

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 9:44 PM

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of reading a wonderful new book entitled From Enemy to Friend, probably the first of its kind to appear in many years, about Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, which is actually the subtitle of the book. Interestingly , the book is...

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Welcoming Pope Francis to Israel in Advance

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 1:07 PM

In a few weeks, at the end of this month, Pope Francis will follow in the footsteps of his immediate two papal predecessors, by making a religious/diplomatic pilgrimage to the Holy Land to visit Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Pope John Paul II did so in March 2000, and...

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A Different Look at Iran

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 2:34 PM

We Jewish Israelis--and people from the West in general--tend to look at Iran as the enemy of the Free World, as a place where the rulers are racing towards a nuclear bomb to annihilate Israel and challenge the domination of Western culture, and as a theocratic country ruled by dictators...

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Towards the Unity of the Human Family

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:11 PM

I was privileged to attend a unique interreligious conference sponsored by the Focolare Movement in Italy a few weeks ago with my wife Amy, and with other Jews, Christians and Muslims from Israel who are active in interreligious and intercultural dialogue, education and action in our country. The conference brought...

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Are Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel Still Invisible?

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Ari Shavit's book My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, which I recently finished reading, is undoubtedly one of the most important books to come out of Israel in recent years. It is serious, substantive and sensitive regarding the existential issues facing Israel today as a Jewish liberal...

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On Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:40 PM

During the past twenty-two and a half years, I have been actively engaged in the grass-roots work of inter-religious dialogue, education and action. While this work has had its share of ups and downs, successes and obstacles, challenges and setbacks, I can say that without a doubt, I have learned...

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Jewish Teachings on Reconciliation and Peace

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 12:25 PM

This week Jews around the world will read the weekly portion from the Book of Exodus in which we find the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15), one of the most troubling portions in the Bible, in which God is referred to as a man of war. This raises the...

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Welcoming the Other Through Interreligious Dialogue, Education and Sustainable Action

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 7:27 PM

I was very pleased to be part of panel discussion on "Welcoming the Other through Interreligious Dialogue , Education and Action" as part of the Peace Education Commission at the 9th World Assembly of the international organization known as Religions for Peace in Vienna, on November 20-22, 2013....

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The Image of the Other -- a New Paradigm

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:46 PM

I flew on Austrian Airlines to Vienna three days ago with Palestinians and Jews from Israel and Palestine who were invited by the new King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) On the airplane we were all talking about how remarkable it is...

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Jews and Muslims -- Coexistence Is Possible, in America and in Israel

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 8:23 PM

For many years, I have been promoting the idea that Muslim-Jewish coexistence in Israel is possible. Indeed, I have argued that if we want to know our Muslim neighbors in Israel better, then we must not only engage them vis a vis their ethnic/national identity but that we must take...

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