The call exposed a fissure within the American Jewish community on how to approach relations with the White House.
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.
Dates, prayers, history and more.
So many words! This is what comes of being the People of the Book -- that our approach to sacred days, succeeding the ancient system of tangible sacrifices and physical offerings, has evolved to be so much a matter of recitation, of bringing our heritage to life verbally.
You don't have to re-learn your bar mitzvah Torah portion.
Yom Kippur came early for me this year. It was one of the last weekends of the summer at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, where my wife serves as educational director. An extraordinarily skilled Bible teacher, Aron Freidenreich, was giving a class for the rabbis, staff and spouses who were up for the weekend.
The High Holy Days are a good time to renew your commitment to social justice.
The High Holy Days begin!
Each year, during the month of Elul and throughout the Days of Awe, Jews assemble to do something that is essentially private: To be able to reflect on our actions and our inactions of the past year, the gap between our aspirations and our behavior, between our integrity and our actuality.
On September 14, Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band completed the River Tour in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. On August 30th, the Band finished their three-night run at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, in Bruce's beloved home state of New Jersey.
The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish Holy Days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year?