Helicopters are flying over Jerusalem again.
What a difference a year makes. Last summer, the days of conflict – rocket attacks, kidnappings, retaliation and war – were punctuated by the wail of air raid sirens. We heard the wails of the bereaved, the explosions of Iron Dome launches and the regular beep-beep-beep of the phone app Tezvah Adom, Color Red, announcing when rockets had been launched from Gaza. We held vigils in public spaces. We sang songs and recited Psalms. We attended funerals en masse. And we went to shivas.
From here in the City of Gold last year, the...Read More
As Canadian clergy working in a Reform congregation in New Jersey, we encountered our share of confusion about American Thanksgiving during our integration into life in this country.
Cantor Marer: I’ll never forget the time I tried to convince my boyfriend (now husband) that we should go out of town during American Thanksgiving. “It’s four days off together!” I insisted. “It’s the perfect time!” I watched his expression turn from surprise to intrigue. What followed was a conversation about American Thanksgiving – a national holiday celebrated by nearly everyone in the country. ...Read More
The first commandment To animals and humans Be fertile, increase Genesis 1:22 (after creation of air and sea creatures) "God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply ... " Genesis 1:28 (after creation of land animals and humans) "God blessed them God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply ... " Image by Johann Abel via Wikimedia Commons
In a political climate marked by partisanship, it is too seldom that we see a willingness for elected officials to reach across the aisle on major national issues. It was therefore nothing short of historic when, on October 1, a bipartisan group comprised of Senators Grassley, Cornyn, Durbin, Leahy, Schumer, Booker, Lee, Scott, Whitehouse and Graham introduced the most significant comprehensive criminal justice reform bill in decades. The Sentencing Reform and...Read More
As I entered the third grade in secular school, I simultaneously enrolled in Hebrew school at Congregation Shalom, a Reform Jewish synagogue in Milwaukee, WI. At age 9, Hebrew school seemed like a rite of passage in preparation for becoming a bar mitzvah.
My synagogue offered a class called ulpan for students who wanted to work at their own pace and receive additional Hebrew enrichment. It was a perfect fit for me. At the time, I never could have imagined that 10 years later, I...Read More
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