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Ron Kronish
Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish serves as the founder and director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. Born and raised in the U.S., he has lived in Jerusalem for 34 years. Educated at Brandeis University and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, 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. In addition, he is now working on a book on "Can Jews and Arabs in Israel live together?".

Entries by Ron Kronish

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

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:07 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 | 9:52 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 | 4:33 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 | 8:44 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 | 12:07 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 | 1:34 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 | 1:11 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 | 4:20 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 | 2:40 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 | 11:25 AM

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 | 6:27 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 | 12:46 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 | 7:23 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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A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy -- Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 1:37 PM

As we approach the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which comes at the end of ten very special days called "the days of Awe," I am mindful of how much the liturgy of our special High Holiday prayer book is not simply particularistic. It is not...

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A Time for Soul-Searching -- Reflections on Elul and Eid Al-Fitr

(8) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 1:04 PM

As we Jews begin the month of Elul, the month before our "High Holidays" of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Muslims in Israel and around the world celebrate the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr. Our calendars, which are both lunar, often run in a parallel way, so this is no coincidence.

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Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 4:56 PM

One of the most central tenets of Judaism is to pursue justice . We are reminded of this over and over again in the Bible, especially in the book of Deuteronomy, which we Jews began reading in our synagogues in Israel and around the world in recent weeks, and in...

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Reformist Think in Islamic Thought in Israel Today

(10) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 6:58 PM

The title of this blog post may surprise many people. Is it possible that Islam is being reformed? And in Israel!

The answer is yes, as I discovered when I attended a fascinating research seminar last week at Tel Aviv University on "Contemporary Islamic Thought in Israel". The seminar, which...

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Hate Crimes Are Unacceptable

(36) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:41 PM

The epidemic of extremist vandalism against Arabs in Israel reached new heights the night before last when 28 cars were damaged and signs of hatred were spray-painted on the walls of a quiet street in the town of Abu Gosh just west of Jerusalem. Abu Gosh is an Israeli Arab...

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Have a Little Faith

(5) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 12:22 PM

In my last posting on this blog, I wrote about the meaning of faith, as expressed so beautifully by my daughter, Rabbi Dahlia Kronish, in her remarks at the baby-naming and circumcision ceremony of her son. I received more "likes" for this than any blog posting so far, which has...

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Naming a Baby in Contemporary Jewish Life

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:08 PM

I was blessed with the opportunity to be present at the circumcision (brit milah) and naming ceremony of my first grandson last week in New York. I was at the ceremony with my wife, daughter and son-in-law (parents of the baby boy), and with many other family members (including family...

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