On Female Torah Scholarship
Posted on 02/26/2017 by Rabbi Johnny Solomon in Beliefs and Practices
Recently, my Facebook feed has been buzzing with reflections and responses to the Orthodox Union’s position paper regarding female clergy. While many have expressed appreciation for both the content and...
The Bar Mitzvah Tisch
Posted on 02/22/2017 by WLCJ Guest Bloggers in Beliefs and Practices
A father finds a creative new way to introduce his son to the larger community just before his bar mitzvah ceremony.by Steve L. GreeneIn the days before my son Marcus’ bar mitzvah last fall, I realized I...
Suspicious of Christian Support
Posted on 02/19/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
This might come as a complete surprise to you, but all over the world, there are Christians who love you. Well, maybe not you specifically, but who love the Jewish people as a group. There are Christians who...
The Jewish Revelation
Posted on 02/14/2017 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
This Shabbat, in synagogues around the world, we will read Parshat Yitro which contains the account of the Revelation at Sinai. When we think of this overwhelming historical event, we may wonder, though: what...
This Kind of Sibling Love
Posted on 02/12/2017 by Carol Silver Elliott in Beliefs and Practices
Whether we look for Biblical roots or just at those around us, it is not hard to find stories of those who have difficult, strained or even nonexistent relationships with their siblings. From Cain and Abel to...
In Which I Jump to the Wrong Conclusion
Posted on 02/06/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I recently returned from a trip to the US from my home in Israel. Whenever I travel to America, shopping is always part of the journey. Israel has so many wonderful things. But it doesn’t (yet) have...
The Logic and Emotion of Cremation
Posted on 01/23/2017 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
Author's name withheld by request When I was old enough to think about my own burial, I decided that I wanted to be cremated. How much room is there in cities for more cemeteries? It seemed the right...
Living the Bible
Posted on 01/16/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
When you live in Israel, the Bible pops out for you in ways that just aren’t possible anywhere else. When I drive to meet with a client, I follow the signs to Jerusalem. As I cross into the city limits,...
A Powerful Story About the Power of Speech
Posted on 01/09/2017 by Hillel Fuld in Beliefs and Practices
I am in utter shock and boy, do I have a story to tell you. This time, however, there is no happy ending. Rewind two weeks and the disastrous UN resolution calling the Western Wall and half of Jerusalem...
A Simple Key to Genuine Spirituality
Posted on 01/08/2017 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein in Beliefs and Practices
Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD. — Psalm 101:8Judaism’s Oral Tradition, which in Judaism is believed to have...
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