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Two converts offer their perspectives on their spiritual upbringing and how it empowered them to embrace a new faith. They speak openly about how they found their new religions and what their decisions meant for their families. (Supported by Netflix)
Here are six things I learned, reinforced by some of the amazing people that I met.
Minority faith communities are undergoing great stress in today’s America. Over the past several months, Jewish cemeteries
For the good of the nation, it’s time for the couple to carve out some exceptions.
First Night It's Sunday! If you've got nieces and nephews by relation or by choice who live nearby, this is the time to spend
In the desert outside Reno, Nevada, I experienced Transformation by Dust. The annual week-long Burning Man event brought about 65,000 people together from all over the world and all walks of life. There were families with children, babies, young people, and elders in every combination of attire or the absence of. There were classes and workshops, as well as music, art, and art cars all night and day.
You may not be convinced at that (enter school mascot here) day that you should be engaging in more religious activities, but what I can tell you is that you have to try. Even if you are not Jewish, the community that you can be a part of is worth a few tries.
Our sages teach that embarrassment at our past deeds, a sense of shame and resulting humility, comes from being deeply aware that we are in the presence of God. It is precisely because we feel that we messed up and can do better, that we can merit elevating our lives.
I had the date on my calendar for weeks: a Shabbat dinner with some of the couples in my "Love and Religion" class. We've gotten together several times over meals and I knew that nobody has any eating restrictions besides "kosher style."
I don't know if you heard, but on February 3, 2016, I became the first rabbi ever to declare my "candidacy" for President of the United States of America. As you can imagine, mine is not a conventional candidacy.
I got back to Boston last night, choosing to fly on Thanksgiving Day to take advantage of the lowered airfare. I had a bus ticket to New York City the next morning, but plans fell through leaving me not all together disappointed.
(photo source: www.SFGate.com) Such friendliness can go many ways for me being that I live 8 minutes from the George Washington
Poem on the Way Home from Tel Aviv I want to say that Haifa's coast outside the train window is beautiful, but not any more
Don't you think it's odd that Christmas -- the time of the year we celebrate the Christ child, the light of the world -- is also the darkest time of the year? At least here in the Northern Hemisphere, you get up in the morning ... and it's dark.
"I did it because my friends are doing it! I want to fit in, but also it's something that I want." I've used this justification with my parents, as well as with friends, to try and explain myself a little bit. I should add that I'm not talking about drugs here. Or alcohol. I'm talking about Judaism.
I like any prayer that invites quiet and reflection and that takes some attention away from my selfish concerns at any particular moment.
"We are the last generation that's going to be able to hear their stories first hand."