If you’re looking for some delicious, oil-filled recipes for your Hanukkah celebration this year, look no further. ReformJudaism.org has traditional and original recipes to make your Hanukkah meals fun, fabulous, and perhaps best of all, fried.Latkes and Variations Read More
The deeply polarizing 2016 election elevated rifts in our social fabric, underscored the pain of those who feel excluded from our evolving economy and culture, and emphasized a persistent distrust and scapegoating of “the other.” Throughout the campaign, we heard violent, exclusionary, and racist rhetoric in ways not seen in mainstream politics in a generation. We witnessed thinly veiled allusions to centuries-old anti-Semitic propaganda, hate crimes against Muslims, and deplorable actions and threats against marginalized populations.
Our tradition’s ageless and enduring call of...Read More
The night after Be’er Sheba brings no dreams. Morning birds sail through the canyon. In the still air, their choreography lingers; small sounds of peace. From somewhere, a sheep bleats.
Rapidly, the sun rises higher, warms the stones. The same smell emanated from the wall in the city, that tangible smell of two thousand years and more of pleading and screaming; absorbed by the desert. Forgive me for cursing in your presence.
Parched is the skin of my feet making their way through a dry wadi. Piety becomes a natural state as I go further south, seeking wisdom in a barren...Read More
This year, as summer folded into fall, we celebrated our son Josh becoming a bar mitzvah. Before he chanted from the handwritten letters inside the Torah scroll, our rabbi called to the bimah (pulpit) the generations that have preceded him. Like a small acapella singing group, my husband and I, my parents, and my mother-in-law gathered to pass the Torah to Josh – physically and metaphorically.
Dubbed “the Torah pass” by the founding rabbi who started the tradition in our congregation, our rabbi has continued this emotional ritual. Holding the scroll aloft then cradling it, he walks...Read More
One of the defining questions of Jewish peoplehood in our time is: “Who is a Jew?” Recently, members of the Israeli government have been introducing legislation that would rollback many of the basic rights we have won over the past decades. The most recent target is the the right of Reform and Conservative converts in Israel to be recognized as Jews.
Fifteen years ago, we at the Israel Religious Action Center filed a lawsuit demanding that people converted by Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel be recognized as Jews and be granted Israeli...Read More