Moses gets God's help The people suffer God's wrath The difference? One word. This week's portion is full of complaints. The people complain, "If only we had meat to eat!" (Numbers 11:4). Moses complains, "I cannot carry all this people by myself ... If You would deal thus with me, kill me, I beg You." (Num 11:14-15). Miriam and Aaron complain about Moses, "He married a Cushite woman!" (Num 12:1). The haiku considers the difference God's reactions to complaints from the people and from Moses. We'll leave Miriam and Aaron for another day. God gives the people the... Read More
We learn many things from our parents: how to eat properly, how to brush our teeth, and, I hope, how to greet strangers. Others we learn through observation: how to love, how to care, and even how to mourn.
Jewish tradition speaks at length about parents’ and elders’ obligations toward children and the young. The Talmud, for example, instructs parents to teach their children Torah, in essence, by modeling proper values. The ancient rabbis expound upon this obligation, adding that parents must teach their children a trade and, according to some, also to swim.
In fact,...Read More
Matti Friedman was conscripted into the Israeli Defense Forces at 20, along with 19 other young recruits, and sent to a border outpost in Lebanon called Pumpkin Hill, which he describes as “a forgotten little corner of a forgotten little war.” Israeli casualties of Hezbollah guerilla attacks were code-named “flowers,” hence the title of his new book, Pumpkinflowers A Soldier’s Story (Algonquin Books, 2016).
Friedman provides us not only a superb memoir of his experiences in a...Read More
In just a few days, we’ll celebrate a major milestone in the movement for LGBT equality: the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, declaring marriage equality the law of the land. June 26, the day the decision came down in 2015, also marks the anniversary of the day that two other important LGBT equality decisions were announced: United States v. Windsor in...Read More
Outdoor services offering kid-friendly, informal or abbreviated worship, and camp-style music are popular during the summer. Here’s a sampling of good ol’ summertime Shabbat celebrations in some Reform congregations across North America.
On the Patio
- Woodlands Community Temple in Greenburgh, N.Y., often uses its own outdoor spaces for services. They’re about an hour long and end before the last sunlight fades.
- At University Synagogue in Los Angeles, CA, new chairs, lighting, and sound...