God is ready to turn the page on a New Year, not just for the Jews, who are ushering in the year 5777. This New Year is for all of us, every faith, every culture, every person. God knows we all need a New Year, as this one was so full, too full, of name-calling and violence and despair.
"Is there anyone who doesn't renegotiate deals in this room?"
So many of the people I met and befriended had either never met a Jewish person before in their life, or else there were two Jewish people in their high school/they once dated a Jewish guy and felt they understood the culture.
I periodically go to religious services for their moments of quiet and reflection. Too often I leave feeling the faith leader missed an opportunity to reach the congregants and to advance the cause of humanity. But I am also fortunate to know some faith leaders who, like the Pope, dare to show the way.
'I Did, I Do, I Will... Alas, I Simply Can't Anymore': Marking the End of a Same-sex Couple's Spiritual Bond
Jewish law permits one person to petition another for release from a vow she has made (hattarat nedarim), and permits a person to release another from the bonds of marriage (by giving a gett). But what words might a same-sex couple use for such a rite of release?
I am often struck when reading through our commentators how unabashedly they speak in terms of faith, God and prayer. And how awkward it makes so many people feel today.