Rabbi Regev is founding President and CEO of Hiddush, founder and former head of the Israel Religious Action Center and former President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He was lead counsel in cases decided by the Israeli Supreme Court on "Who is a Jew" and equitable funding for Reform and Conservative institutions, and he presently represents an Ultra-Orthodox family in a landmark case. He appears frequently on Israeli radio and television, and in Israeli and international publications. HIDDUSH - Freedom of Religion in Israel, Inc. is a non-denominational non-partisan Israel-Diaspora partnership rooted in the commitment to, and deep love for, the State of Israel and the realizing of religious freedom and equality in order to strengthen Israel as a democracy and a Jewish state, and to enhance the relationship between Israel, World Jewry and the next generation.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…