Though skeptics will argue if it’s scientifically true, and politicians will argue about whether it’s relevant, climate change is a threat to our environment, health, and economy. When confronting an international issue, like climate change, it is imperative that the United States be at the forefront of creating innovative policies. By refraining from acting on this increasingly time-sensitive...Read More
During my first year as a rabbinical student, which was spent on the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, I began to see my homeland in a new light, a light that sadly wasn’t pleasing to the eye. I was angry and hurt that my own Jewish homeland didn’t accept the type of Jew that I was, and I was inspired to do something about it. For this reason, I became an intern for the organization and multi-denominational prayer group Women of the Wall, a group whose aim is "to achieve the...Read More
Of Torah's five books We finally get to one That is "of Moses" Torah is commonly referred to as "The Five Books Of Moses". But are they all really "of Moses"? There are plenty of places in Torah where God instructs Moses to write down what God is telling him. That makes them, in one sense, the books "of Moses." But there's another way of describing the first four books: Genesis / Bereshit - The Book Of Creation Exodus / Shemot - The Book Of Freedom Leviticus / Vayikra - The Book Of Priests Numbers / Bamidbar - The Book Of Wandering This... Read More
"You know, I was never Christian. I was born Jewish."
"I know, and your momma and your ema and your grandparents were all born Jewish," I said, deep in conversation with my 6-year-old stepdaughter, Shaya.
"I, on the other hand, am the only one in my family that is Jewish," I added.
"Because you turned Jewish," she piped up.
Three years ago – before I knew anything about this amazing child or her mother, who I fell in love with, or her twin brother and the 9-year-old twins – I decided to bicycle...Read More
Theodore Bikel’s death earlier this week sent me straight back to the Sunday afternoons of my childhood.
In those days, my mom, my grandmother (if my grandparents happened to be visiting from Queens), and I would stop whatever we were doing at 4 o’clock to tune in to Charlie Baltin’s “Jewish American Hour,” a weekly broadcast on the local...Read More
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