The message of Pixar's Inside Out is clear: there is no such thing as "pure joy." Instead, even in our most joyous times, there is often sadness mixed in.
People who defend racist rhetoric and symbols are complicit in the resulting racist violence. They may as well own that. Neither the Confederate flag nor racist rhetoric -- overt or covert -- killed nine people in Charleston, but symbols and rhetoric created the environment in which it was possible, indeed likely.
When Matthew Jurgens' mother passed away when he only 2 years old, her last request from Rabbi Pearl was for her son to have his Bar Mitzvah.
A reminder never to be silent in the face of injustice and hopelessness; never to be resigned to a status quo that accepts a widening gap between rich and poor, black and white, and too many atrocities like this one in Charleston.
Despite tragedy, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is providing the world with an example of what the American faith community could be.
We Muslims will create a new American identity that allows us to live in peace with each other and with other faith communities.
Before the Summit started, I sat in my hotel room, willing myself to act braver than I felt and do the strange thing of attending a Jewish conference as a Muslim woman, committing to being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
despite such an egregious recent tragedy, this Charleston church community is providing an example of what America could be, what every American Christian, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, and Buddhist, etc. could stand for. Are we up to the task?
"Last Jewish Comic Standing," was what our family named a game we came up with for our guests to play at our son's Bar Mitzvah reception. Each guest pulled a classic Jewish joke written on a piece of paper and told the joke to the crowd.
Is it really happening? Are we actually witnessing the burning of churches and mosques on a regular basis in the Jewish state? Impossible! It can't be happening!
I believe in honesty, and I understand how some people may feel that Rachel was deceptive about her race, but I just keep coming back to Who Cares?
I know the students worked hard, but perhaps Class of 2015 shouldn't refer to any student who finished any grade this year. Let's save the pomp and circumstance for just one very special circumstance: the day a person is actually awarded her hard-earned degree.
I can't stop thinking about this. What can I do -- one person, one white woman who lives comfortably, rarely confronted by racial problems in my daily life? What do I know of prejudice, bias, hatred, violence, fear?
World Refugee Day is a Jewish holiday because the Jewish story is the refugee story. But it is not just about us remembering that we were once refugees. It is about us fulfilling the solemn pledge that never again will refugees be turned over to their persecutors.
I've never liked Father's Day, in large part because I never liked my father (alcohol/God). It didn't help being raised an Orthodox Jew: my Father in Heaven was as bad as my father on Earth. Neither father, biological nor mythological, was happy.
The Jewish world lost one of our greatest voices for feminism and for a just Zionism this week, Rabbi Bonna Devora Haberman. She was a founder of Women of the Wall, an activist and scholar, and co-director of YTheater, a Israeli Jewish and Palestinian theater company in Jerusalem.