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Amy Coney Barrett Is Not Alone In Her Bias

Almost as soon as President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, op-eds and statements by law...

Jewish Community Mourns the Passing of Rabbi RBO Bat-Or

Rabbi RBO leaves a legacy any of us would be lucky to achieve — one marked by a deep drive to make the world a more just and equitable place.

Am I Jewish Enough: My Road to Conversion and Finding My Jewish Soul

Julie Gray recounts the journey of her conversion to Judaism and how it was influenced by her move to Israel and meeting a Holocaust survivor.

What Israeli Satirical Television Taught Me About Censorship

We tend to be much more sensitive to censorship when it is directed at views we support.

An Open Letter to Jewish Parents About ‘Opting Out’

 A real community is one that upholds those who have fallen. A true community exists even when times are difficult and scary.

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins – Thoughts on the Shabbat Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim)

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins Thoughts on the Sabbath Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim) Well-being is within your reach. We’ve all had...

What the Coronavirus Can’t Take Away From Us

The coronavirus is a swift and powerful thief. Many of these losses are unavoidable and irreplaceable. But is there anything we can reclaim for ourselves?

With High Holy Days Looming, COVID-19 and Social Change Present, Rabbis Face New Challenges

For those of us who are clergy, we are acutely aware the Jewish year is winding down.

America’s Jews and Christians Are Failing the Test of Their Lives

The seriousness of your Judaism or Christianity is now being tested.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Rabbi Rachel Isaacs on Shavuot

Rachel Isaacs was ordained in 2011 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Isaacs is the spiritual leader...

The True Meaning of Greatness

My Dad died in suburban Chicago on Shabbat April 18. Neither my brothers nor I could be there due to COVID-19 restrictions. We were...

Evonne Marzouk’s Novel Asks ‘Does God Still Talk to People?’

The Talmud states “the spirit of prophecy departed” when the prophets Zechariah, Malachi and Chagai passed away. A novel by Evonne Marzouk raises the...

Religious Observance Is An Asset, Regardless of The Faith

We now are in the midst of an unprecedented world health crisis, of which the length and depth of destruction still are unknown. It...

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Familial in New Film ‘Abe’

For the titular character in “Abe,” a 12-year-old with a Jewish mother, Muslim father, and a passion for food and cooking, family mealtime should...

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,...

My Religion Pivoted To Zoom. Will My Faith, Too?

Three times a day, six times a week, my shul convenes on Zoom for minyan-less minyan.

Coronavirus is Dismantling the Ultra-Orthodox Model

A map of the coronavirus cases in Israel indicates it’s spreading rapidly in the city of Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox enclave in which, doctors...

No Shul, No Problem: Synagogues Navigate Coronavirus

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, jewitathome.com is just one collaborative online community that has helped Jews connect and engage now that all communal...

In Iran, Will God Stop Coronavirus?

He stood at the press conference on Feb. 24 and spoke about the coronavirus outbreak, visibly uncomfortable and sweating profusely. As he reassured the...

Judaism’s Meaning of Light

Recently I was talking to my friend Ryan on the phone when I heard a strange sound from his end. He said it was...

Eva Robbins Surgically Explores the Mishkan

“Spiritual Surgery: A Journey of Healing Mind, Body and Spirit” by Eva Robbins draws on all of her skills, experiences and roles in life....

David Sacks: A Street Rabbi for the People

David Sacks is not an ordained rabbi but says he learned from his greatest teacher, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, that one does not need the...

Engaging and Connecting to Covenant Neighbors

I don’t know my neighbors. We wave to one another on our way to work, but I can’t tell you their names, professions or...

Taking Tu B’Shevat Personally

Years ago, activist and scholar Rabbi Everett Gendler came to our Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Boston. Now 91, he was a tall, white-haired,...

Your Vote Counts but Don’t Go Overboard

“There’s a lot of money at stake,” was Israeli journalist Zvika Klein’s instinctive response when I asked him a few weeks ago why we...

Abraham, Sodom and America in Crisis

The United States in 2020 is facing a political and spiritual crossroads of major proportions. The current presidency has evoked in many a deep...

An Open ‘Thank You’ List to Those Who Made Our Lives ‘Richer’

I’m a relative newcomer to this magical place called Israel. Although I’ll always remain a proud American, my love for my new home increases...

A Moment in Time: Hanukkah – Miracles Don’t Happen on Their Own

Dear all, Miracles don’t happen on their own. Even the big episodes of the Bible ... (the Burning Bush, the Parting of the Sea, and the...

Digging Into the Roots of Religion

“Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story” by Jack Miles (Norton) is modest in length, only 152 pages, but literally cosmic in its...

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Bahrain: Goods from Israeli Settlements Will Be Designated “Made In Israel”

The Bahraini Commerce and Tourism Minister announced that all goods imported from Israeli settlements in the West Bank will be labeled as “Made In Israel.”

Bari Weiss, Rose Ritch Discuss College Anti-Semitism on Webinar

Author Bari Weiss moderated a Zoom webinar discussion with three Jewish students about anti-Semitism on college campuses on December 3. The webinar, which was part...

6 Prominent Holocaust Survivors Have Died in Europe Over the Past Month

Six prominent Holocaust survivors who had dedicated much of their lives to educating others against hatred have died in Europe over the past month.

Jewish Man Says Company Fired Him After Refusing to Write BLM Press Release

A Jewish man has alleged that a company fired him because he refused to draft a Black Lives Matter (BLM) press release due to...

New Iranian Law Ramps Up Uranium Enrichment — If Biden Doesn’t Reenter Deal

Iran’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday aimed at pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to reenter the Iran nuclear deal almost as soon as he assumes office.
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