No organization (i.e.the OU) can excommunicate anyone. It does not, however, mean that our communities lack organizing principles. Those principles operate based on individual choice. People effectively expel synagogues not compliant with mainstream halacha.
Hussein is widely viewed through the fog of history as something of a principled moderate who yearned to be a peacemaker with journalists whitewashing or ignoring its many inconvenient chapters and plentiful examples of ugly rhetoric against Israel and Jews.
The authorized establishment of the town of “Rachelim” came in memoriam to Rachel Imeinu and to two martyred 'Rachels,' Rachel Drouk and Rachel Weiss who were murdered for the sin of "DWJ'-driving while Jewish.
She told me, pointing to a blue and orange set. It wasn’t exactly a color scheme that I appreciated, nor was it especially fancy for yom tov, but having shlepped out and waited this long, I wasn’t ready to head home without something to show for my time.
Jews are commanded by the Torah not to deliver a slave into the hands of his owner, and a very small percentage of these people are, indeed, refugees. Though we are responsible for their lives, we do not have to keep them here forever and we do not have to grant them citizenship.
One passage in this week’s sedrah shows how differences in interpretation can lead to, or flow from, profound differences in culture. Ironically, the subject concerned – abortion – remains deeply contentious to this day.