Sunday, August 9, 2020



Shalhevet Institute Explores Black and Orthodox Jewish Identities

The four panelists were invited to give a constructive rebuke to the Orthodox community for the way that it deals with issues of race.

My Existence as Transgender and Jewish is not an Oxymoron

Transgender Jews are not asking rabbis’ permission to transition. We are asking for acceptance of our transition.

Rabbi Recalls the Life of Harold M. Schulweis, A Rabbis’ Rabbi

One of the few delights of this period of enforced home stay has been the possibility of reading all those books one has wanted...

Remembering Rav Haber: The Orthodox Rabbi Who United All People and Saved My Life With His Kidney Donation Program

I listen to the radio on the morning of Erev Yom Hazikaron, the eve of remembrance day for the fallen soldiers of the Israel...

How Rabbis Are Spending Their Time During Coronavirus

Even as the coronavirus has triggered the shutdown of conventional synagogue life across the city, rabbis are as busy as ever taking Zoom calls,...

Ripple Effect: BOLD

I just spent three days at a conference where the theme was being bold. It was run by a foundation I was honored by, a...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Building a Temple in Parshat Terumah

In parshat Trumah the people of Israel are called upon to contribute to the building of the temple – gold, silver, copper, dyed wool, animal skins,...

Jewish Journal City Guide 2020

Need to know what's happening around the Greater Los Angeles Jewish community? Fear not, The Journal has compiled everything you need to know right...

Theologians Tackle Climate Change Crisis

This Thanksgiving, a “bomb cyclone” menaced northern California. In the Los Angeles area, the Getty fire temporarily closed the American Jewish University (AJU) main...

Contemplating the High Holy Days

The High Holy Days are an opportunity to reflect and contemplate. Now more than ever, we need to find a way to address conflict...

Women Fleeing Domestic Violence

“You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress them, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not abase any widow...

Out of Destruction, Into Renewal: Reclaiming Tisha b’Av

Tisha b’Av is a frame of reference, recalling moments of Jewish destruction and despair. There are rhythms to those seasons in which we mourn...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Chukat Collection

This week’s torah portion- Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)- Features the death of Aaron and Miriam, brother and sister of Moses, and the famous story of Moses...

Three Rabbis Discuss Politics on the Pulpit

Should rabbis wade into the political fray with their congregants? That was the burning question at an April 10 forum at the American Jewish University...

The 2019 Mensch List

For our 14th annual mensch list, we asked readers to nominate people they know who are doing extraordinary work without receiving deserving credit for...

An Illiberal Lament?

Writing in the wake of the slaughter of Jews at worship in their Pittsburgh synagogue, Gal Beckerman, an editor at The New York Times...

Decomposing Bodies, Congealing Carcasses, Corpse Dust, and Other Rabbinic Interests by Isaac Pollak

Questions of Ritual purity and Impurity, Tahor and Tamei, received a great deal of attention in the Talmud - much more so then the...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Five Rabbis on Yom Kippur

    Today, we gathered for you the five Torah Talks that we have in our archives on Yom Kippur. And don't forget to read the thought...

82 Rabbis and Jewish Activists Arrested During DACA Protest

A total of 82 rabbis and Jewish activists were arrested on Wednesday during a protest against President Trump ending the Deferred Action for Childhood...

Rabbis Denounce Trump Tweets at Interfaith Event

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders used a Dec. 1 press conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California to denounce President Donald Trump for...

Focus on Educators’ Qualities, Not Titles

Who should educate our children?  As a head of school of a Modern Orthodox high school, I raise this issue because I fear we too...

Trump’s Jewish lawyer: ‘Shame on’ protesting rabbis

One of Donald Trump’s closest Jewish associates said rabbis who plan to protest the Republican front-runner’s speech at the upcoming AIPAC conference should be ashamed of themselves.

More than 900 rabbis sign letter opposing Iran nuclear deal

Over the past three weeks, more than 900 rabbis across every major denomination have signed an open letter calling upon the United States Congress to reject the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

One question for rabbis who perform same-sex weddings

For most supporters of same-sex marriage, the most persuasive, and certainly the most frequently offered, argument on behalf of same-sex marriage has been that homosexuals have no choice, that they could no more choose to be heterosexual than a heterosexual can choose to be a homosexual.

Rabbis call for eco-social justice in letter on climate crisis

More than 250 rabbis signed on to a letter on the climate crisis that calls for greater involvement in fighting for eco-justice.

Advice for after the vows

Before most couples get married, they don’t know what to expect.

Rabbis bearing witness in Ferguson

Early last week, national faith leaders called rabbis, pastors, priests and imams to Ferguson, Mo., a city rife with racial violence and pain.

Reform rabbis nudge ICE on deportations

Reform rabbis are contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in an attempt to delay the deportation of undocumented workers

Why I went – and went back – to St. Augustine, Fla.

On June 18, 1964, during one of the most violent years of the civil rights struggle, I and 15 other Reform rabbis spent a night in a jail in St. Augustine, Fla.

Top 50 (okay, 10) ideas for filling the Newsweek rabbis list void

As every rabbi in America no doubt knows by now, the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 50 Rabbis list is no more.

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Trump’s Germany Ambassador Pick Under Fire from Jewish Groups for Statements on Immigrants and Nazi History

The nomination of Douglas Macgregor, a decorated combat veteran who now frequently appears on Fox News, made headlines this week after CNN’s K File unearthed a long history of the retired colonel’s comments.

Israeli Cabinet Meeting Canceled Amid Ongoing State Budget Dispute

Likud Party: Blue and White is blocking a $2.5 billion economic aid program. Blue and White: Likud is refusing to honor the coalition agreement.

David Goldfein, Jewish US Air Force Chief, Is Stepping Down

Gen. David Goldfein, who for a time was in line to become the first Jewish chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has retired as Air Force chief.

A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.