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Anti-semitism at My Alma Mater

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Three weeks ago I received a strange email. "Did I know," my friend wondered, "about the antisemitism brewing on the Stanford University campus?"

The Jewish Practice No One Knows About

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

People who have converted to Judaism often tell me about holiday overload. They go from celebrating a handful of holidays to almost a dozen. Yet, above and beyond the holidays we have certain practices, one of which I did not learn about until rabbinical school.

How My Daughter Taught Me the Meaning of Purim

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For Hannah -- and for many young children -- the point of hide and seek is to be found. Over time, however, we start to get lost. We hide from ourselves. We hide from what we know is right. We start to hide from God.

Jews, Give France a Chance!

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

There is a reason over a million people visit the Anne Frank House very year. There is a reason France's most celebrated public intellectual, Bernard Henri Levy, is a proud Jew. A strong and safe Jewish community enriches the cultural life of every nation.

When President Obama Retold the Hanukkah Story

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

First he upended a 50-year U.S.-Cuban Cold War. Then he celebrated Hanukkah with 400 Jews from across the United States. He probably got a national security briefing somewhere in-between.

The One Big Problem With the Exodus Movie

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Perhaps what makes Exodus an engaging film also makes it a dangerous one. The drama becomes secondary to the lesson. War prevails over wisdom. The sensational replaces the scholarly.

Discover the Secret to Live Long and Prosper on #GivingTuesday

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Giving enhances living. The more we give, the more we live. This truths operates on a psychological, sociological and economic level.

4 Reasons to Say a Blessing Before Thanksgiving

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, my friend Reverend Lillian Daniel urges us to eat out less. She recommends meeting friends and family at home rather than at a restaurant. Why?

Why This Rabbi Loves Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article for the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, I generated some controversy by quoting two books by Christian authors. A few comments and even personal phone calls wondered why a rabbi would quote Christian sources when they are so many good Jewish ones.

Why This Reform Rabbi Loves Shmuley Boteach

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

One of the new phrases of the digital age is "authorpreneur." It refers to writers who become entrepreneurs in order to get their message out and se...

Stop Feeling So Guilty! A New Prayer for Yom Kippur

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

On Friday Jews around the world will confess their sins. One of the central prayers of the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) worship service is Ashamnu, which means "We have sinned." The prayer consists of 24 lines describing sins we have committed.

The Life Saving Work of Interfaith Conversation

Lillian Daniel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

We found ourselves confronting a sometimes tragic history between our faiths. We asked some piercing questions. We found ourselves learning from one another.

The Essential Architecture of Small-Scale Networks

Gidi Grinstein | Posted 06.15.2014 | World
Gidi Grinstein

The interplay among many interconnected and interdependent "small units" that operate in a transparent environment and on a leveled playing field, where none is allowed to dominate, is a fundamental requirement for pragmatism, prosperity and resilience in both economics and politics. This insight is ancient to Judaism and has been highlighted by modern thinkers such as Nasim Taleb in Antifragility.

Why Some Orthodox Rabbis Encourage Prenups

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Lilly Fowler | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) For some Orthodox Jewish women the problem isn’t finding a mate, it’s getting a religious divorce when the marriage goes sour. To obtain ...

Was Santa Claus White? A Rabbi Weighs In

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Hanukkah is the Festival of Light. Christmas features a tree ablaze in light. This is the season of light. And we can use it. Dreariness has not only affected our weather. It has infiltrated our political and cultural dialogue.

A Jewish Newspaper's Transparent Ploy: Naming Romney Top Non-Jew

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

I am disappointed with the Algemeiner's recent political gimmick. While not expressing outright support for Mitt Romney's candidacy, the paper named him No. 1 on its list of "Top 10 Non-Jews Positively Influencing the Jewish Future 2012."

Plastic Surgeon's 'Jewcan Sam' Video Prompts Ethics Inquiry

Posted 03.15.2012 | Miami

A Bal Harbour plastic surgeon is under an ethics investigation by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons after commissioning a band to write a song ...