Rabbi Dow Marmur

Rabbi Dow Marmur, Rabbi Emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple, was born in Poland in 1935 and spent the years of World War II in the Soviet Union before returning to Poland in 1946. Two years later, he emigrated to Sweden, where he went to school. In 1957, he moved to London, England to study for the rabbinate at the Leo Baeck College, from which he graduated in 1962.

Before becoming Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom in 1983, Rabbi Marmur served two congregations in Britain. He retired from his position of Senior Rabbi at Holy Blossom Temple in 2000.

Rabbi Marmur has enjoyed an impressive career outside the synagogue walls, most recently as Interim Executive Director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, in Jerusalem. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, a Fellow of St. Michael’s College. Between 2007 and 2014 he was an Appointed Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Rabbi Marmur has written six books and edited two. His articles on Jewish theology, Zionism, Israel, marriage and related problems, and Jewish/Christian relations have appeared in Jewish and non-Jewish publications in Britain, Canada and elsewhere.

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Rabbi Marmur: Israel Writings

January 22, 2019 - A Call for Unity

A full-page ad in Monday’s Ha’aretz purports to speak on behalf of more than a million Israeli voters who demand a government of unity in place of the present seemingly dysfunctional setup. As none of the seven political leaders depicted in the ad are members of the current administration, it’s not unreasonable to see it... Read more »

January 18, 2019 - An Unnecessary War

Mark Lavie has had a distinguished career in journalism. I well remember listening to his informative and unbiased reports from Israel on CBC radio. He has also written books. The latest is called, Are We Still Afraid? I gather from his piece on the “Jewish Website” of January 17 that it’s about Israel and Iran,... Read more »

January 14, 2019 - Putin and the Israeli Elections

A cartoon in Ha’aretz (January 14) shows Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, in a room with his cyber hackers. One of them asks his president something to the effect: “Are we on the side of the Hasidim or the Litvaks (who normally oppose the Hasidim) in the next Israeli elections?” The two ultra-Orthodox factions... Read more »

January 10, 2019 - New Election Manipulations

Mordechai Kremnitzer, professor emeritus of law at the Hebrew University, cites in his Ha’aretz column of January 10 the old story about the man who murdered his parents and then claimed clemency in court because he was an orphan. Kremnitzer suggests that it’s an apt comment on Netanyahu calling early elections and now arguing that... Read more »

January 7, 2019 - Aliyah Schizophrenia

“Israel is doing a decent job of bringing people here but a terrible job of bringing these immigrants fully into the fold of the Jewish people. Because the only way to do that is to guarantee their full rights here in Israel and particularly to be married. And the only way to do that is... Read more »

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