These Missouri rabbis are using the Republican-held state's religious liberty laws to push for wider access to absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
You see, before signing on to the march, I had already signed up to lead morning prayers on Shabbos morning at my Bay Area
It's great to be part of a community. In a community, such as the various Jewish communities, you have people to turn to, who will mobilize for you and share your joys and your challenges. Except when you don't.
I want to articulate an expansive notion of "religious leadership" beyond the sphere of ritual or congregational life. Professional
In other words, because soldiers sacrifice so much in battle, we are disposed to downplay the moral calamity that wars entail
Reconstructionist Judaism is predicated upon each generation reconstructing Judaism to be relevant and meaningful for its time. The effects of intermarriage have not been as dire as some have predicted. Judaism and Jewish life have not ceased to exist when families intermarry.
Their "temple" for the day is the famous Lincoln Memorial.
I am no longer a pulpit rabbi, so the question of sermon topics on the High Holy Days is one I consider as a consumer rather than as a provider - but that doesn't stop me from reflecting on the situation congregational rabbis are in this month.
Below is the content of the letter: We, the undersigned rabbis, write as a unified voice across religious denominations to
"We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord."
To avoid the issue during the holidays would be a tremendous mistake. While rabbis need not take a for-or-against position on the Iran deal, to not address it would be to forfeit our role as Jewish leaders. Here's why.
Human rights are coming to tomato aisles across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Ahold USA -- the corporation behind such local grocery stores as Stop and Shop, Giant, and Martin's, has become the first major American supermarket to sign onto the Fair Food Program.
The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.
We came to appreciate how much our respective faith communities could benefit from more curiosity and less judgment about the correct "formula" for clergy education, and more shared conversations with those from other faiths.
Spock was my guy: calm, rational, and funny in that understated way. He didn't bluster, he observed, and he solved problems with Hemingway-style grace under pressure. I admired that.
King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.
Rabbi Jonathan Frankel had no problem getting through rabbinical school at Yeshiva University or law school at Harvard. It
Last week, three hotly trending topics in my Facebook feed related to feminism. The first was about a video of a woman walking around Manhattan to much objectification. The second pertained to a voyeuristic rabbi who had installed cameras in a D.C. mikvah. The third was about another Orthodox rabbi who resigned from the RBC in light of the recent mikvah scandal.