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Torah, World Politics and Iran

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How does our Jewish community make a decision on an issue that is crucial to our own future and the fate of the world around us -- like the decision that faces us now about making sure that Iran adheres to its own claim that it does not intend to produce nuclear weapons?

8 Pages Of The Gutenberg Bible Could Sell For Half A Million Dollars At Auction

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

There may only be eight pages of it, but it could be worth more than half a million dollars. A fragment of the Gutenberg Bible could fetch between ...

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.

Guidelines For Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

There can be deep divisions between faith traditions, but it doesn't have to be that way. For inspiration on how to hold productive interfaith dia...

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.

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?

Preparing for Sinai: Uniting Earth and Heaven, Words and Wheat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

From the evening of Tuesday June 3 through the evening of June 5, Jews will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, which in most of Jewish life today is focused on the revelation and acceptance of Torah at Mount Sinai.

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.

She's My Rabbi: When Genealogy Clashes With Social Change

Jake Friedman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion
Jake Friedman

'Tis graduation season -- or for rabbinical school, ordination season -- and my family welcomes my sister-in-law Dahlia as the first female rabbi in our tree. So it's a tad jarring that the family member whom I want to talk to most says, and I quote, "It's against my religion."

Is There A War On Women’s Health, And What Does Judaism Say About It?

Rabbi Leonard A. Sharzer, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Leonard A. Sharzer, M.D.

The expression "war on women's health" may have become a slogan in our recent presidential campaign, but it is more than just a catchphrase. So what is the Jewish attitude?

Obama, Gay Marriage Equality And Lag Ba'Omer

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

For gays and lesbians who have fought for marriage equality, Lag Ba'Omer 2012 was an epic day on which a plague ended.

The Magic Of Jewish Summer Camp

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

No matter what the activity, the social aspects of Jewish camp all play out in a constant Jewish milieu. The benefits of those summer experiences are reaped over the course of a lifetime for the Jewish individual, and in turn for the Jewish community as well.

Meet 2012's Sexually Healthy Seminaries

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

When I went to seminary, I was surprised to discover how little information there was about sexuality in my courses. Today, the landscape at U.S. seminaries, divinity and rabbinical schools is shifting toward increased sexuality education.

Motherhood And The Rabbinate: A Male Rabbi Responds

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The experience of coupling motherhood with a career is something women fought for in the last century. And Judaism is the better for it.

Higher Learning, Citizenship And The Pursuit Of Values

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

It seems obvious to many of us that support for higher education is essential to meeting the challenges we face as a nation and to making sure that we are equipped to embrace rather than shrink from change.

A Jew At Christmas

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

It was a point of pride for my parents and teachers that we clung faithfully to traditions such as Hanukkah in the face of so much Christmas -- and a source of pride in America that we could do so, for the most part, unmolested.

Why A Jewish Seminary Must Find Common Ground With Islam

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

There is no more urgent issue for individuals and communities of faith at this moment than to find our way to genuine cooperation, tolerance and mutual respect. The moderates of all faiths have to talk often and well, lest the extremists carry the day.

Watching Inglourious Basterds In A Room Full of Jews

The Candler Blog | Jonathan Poritsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Dr. Kalmanofsky, no stranger to Judeo-Chrisitian-pop deconstruction, opened the discussion with some fascinating points about the concept of the reven...