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300+ Rabbis Sign Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

More than 300 rabbis have signed a Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis, calling for vigorous action to prevent worsening climate disruption, to seek eco-social justice, and to shape a world of shared sustainable abundance.

Making Bar/Bat Mitzvah Meaningful for a New Generation

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

That, more or less, is how the dominant model of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, in which leading services and/or chanting from scripture are the primary focus of both the ceremony and the educational journey toward it, was born.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

When we see people doing just and praiseworthy acts, we should honor them for their efforts. If we stand idly by and watch as the cynics work to find the negatives in positive situations, we are doing a disservice to society.

Electing Our Leaders Today: The Torah of Our Choosing

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

You may set, yes, set over you some to hold office, Who are aware that the Breath of Life is One, Uniting all, breathing into life all God's Creation.

Carrying Forward the Legacy of Harvey Milk

Daniel Wein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Wein

The sold-out audience was euphoric, still in a state of shock regarding a Supreme Court action that had unilaterally doubled the number of states with marriage equality earlier in the day. "Harvey Milk is looking down on us," Kristin Chenoweth had remarked to many throughout the night.

The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

Can We See All Earth as the Sacred Temple of Today?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How can we draw on the ancient wisdom of Biblical Israel as an indigenous people in sacred relationship with the Earth? How can we use this storehouse of wisdom toward helping heal all Humanity and Mother Earth today, from a crucial planetary crisis threatening the very life and health of all of us?

Are You a Member of Alpha Epsilon Pi? (And Why Am I Asking?)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I joined AEPi in my freshman year of college. In my chapter at Johns Hopkins were mostly what we'd now call "nerds." Including me: In those days, I c...

Experimenting Toward Sabbatical/Shmitah in America

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can we turn our eco-wisdom Away from climate doom, Into a joyful future? Often the climate crisis is described only as approaching doom. As the offic...

Reform Rabbis Gain Ground In Israel

Religion News Service | Michelle Chabin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) Advocates for religious pluralism in Israel welcomed the news that the Israeli government this week began funding the salaries of five...

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

Huge Changes May Hit Conservative Judaism

The Jewish Daily Forward | Josh Nathan-Kazis | Posted 12.02.2013 | Religion

A top Conservative movement official thinks that Conservative rabbis should be allowed to participate in interfaith weddings. ...

Jaweed Kaleem

What Makes A Jew? New Survey Reveals Complicated Answer

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion

What does it mean to be Jewish? Is it a person's ethnicity, a culture or religion -- or a mix of the three? And how does one practice being a Jew? ...

Gay Marriage and Conservative Judaism

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Dora Levy Mossanen

The popular assumption is that one either inherits a religious institution or else joins because one is familiar with and agrees with its religious ideologies. Not necessarily

LOOK: Jewish Women Take Ownership Of Traditionally Male Rituals In Israel

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

These Jewish women are shaking up the establishment in Israel by participating in rituals usually reserved for men only. From AP: Chaya Baker was ...

Israel, Palestine And Torah: Toward A Deeper Understanding

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This process is rooted in the dark underside of the best teaching of Torah, "Love the stranger, the pariah, for you were strangers, pariahs, in the Land of Egypt." This is repeated 36 times in the Torah. Why? Because to repeat the command so often means it is being rejected, disobeyed.

Hurricane Sandy And The Torah Of Thanksgiving

Rabbi Steven C. Wernick | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick

After Hurricane Sandy, the Torah of Thanksgiving teaches us that thankfulness is not limited to a solitary day. Gratitude is an ongoing consciousness that compels us to open our eyes and hearts and wallets to respond to the devastation around us, now and always.

Michele Bachmann and the Intolerance of 'Progressive' Jews

Tom J Wilson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Tom J Wilson

The former Republican presidential candidate and long time supporter of Israel had reportedly taken up the invite of the President of AIPAC to accompany him to the Kol Nidrei service at Anshe Emet Synagogue.

Two Jews, Three Opinions: Can We Still Get Along?

Aryeh Younger | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

Each Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I hear rabbis preach the need for Jewish unity because of the fact that we lack it. Too often, I interpret their words as bleak platitudes that have historically had little impact on the grave divisions facing our broader community.

Solomon Schechter Schools Will Always Be Part Of The Conservative Movement

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld | Posted 09.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

Our ability to understand the evolution taking place in Jewish organizations requires not only knowledge but ingenuity. The deconstruction of many large Jewish organizations is a function of many trends.

Patrilineal 'Dissent': Solving The Jewish Status Problem

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The leaders of the American Jewish community should begin collaborating on such a partnership agreement. Only if we are on the same page on the matter of Jewish status will we be able to seek harmony among the disparate denominations of liberal Judaism.

Jaweed Kaleem

Top Conservative Jewish Officials Praise Obama After White House Meeting

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion

A group of rabbis and leaders from the Conservative movement of Judaism are commending President Barack Obama after a White House meeting on Tuesday, ...

Conservative Jews In Israel Make Move On Gay Rabbis

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM — The Conservative Jewish seminary in Israel says it will allow gays and lesbians to become rabbis, overcoming years of opposition by ...

Patrilineal Jews Still Find Resistance

The Forward | Naomi Zeveloff | Posted 04.04.2012 | Religion

By Naomi Zeveloff The Jewish Daily Forward Rachel Brook, a 29-year-old vocalist living in Brooklyn, was born to a Jewish Israeli father and a non-...

Can Judaism Survive With Atheism In Its Midst?

Mira Sucharov | Posted 05.18.2012 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

Particularly in an age where debate around Godlessness is coming squarely into the mainstream of Western thought, I don't think the question of belief is going to be settled anytime soon.