Salinger's magic was in the observant way he used detail to make his characters come alive. On just a surface level, it never matters much what happens in a Salinger story, because it's such a pleasure simply of hanging around and listening to his people interact.
I have always felt uneasy with the concept. What does it mean to be "chosen"? Isn't it ethnocentric? Even supremacist?
Dori, a Jewish educator, began writing these books because she too was looking for modern Jewish books for her own children as well as for the students she was teaching. The options become very sparse for middle school age children who were used to more challenging books like the Harry Potter series.
Beinart may actually represent the silent majority of Jews in the U.S., who are mostly liberal leaning politically and reform or secular in their religious views.
Climate change is one of the greatest moral disasters of human history, because the people who will suffer the most have been the least responsible for its cause. Those of us in the developed countries somehow think that we will escape its results, turning away from the hundreds of millions who will be caught in the whirlwind of misery that is coming.
For more than a week, we continue to celebrate one holiday after another, each with its own set of rituals, songs, and customs. Exhausted by the holy days already behind us, and living in a culture that distrusts ritual in the first place, what can this frenetic activity mean to us?
The notion that Christianity depends on "grace" and Judaism on "works" is a terribly unfortunate misunderstanding of Judaism. What divides Paul from Judaism is his insistence that God's justifying forgiveness is only extended to those who accept his Christ faith.
The prophet Isaiah is on my mind and in my heart more and more. His voice rings in Yom Kippur's Haftarah with messages I fear we've forgotten. With messages I believe we must begin to remember, even if they hurt our hearts. Especially because they hurt our hearts so deeply.
The Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills has an unusual mission - to promote the spirit and teachings of Judaism through music, art, drama, dance and f...
It's time to leave our homes and head outside to our Sukkot. What exactly are we commemorating?
What is lost when religion feels oppressive? A sense of tradition, of existing in a continuum of culture, a community. As someone who loves traditions and community but hates conformity and judgment, I've always struggled with religion.
Taking one day a year to remove ourselves from the world in order to undertake deep reflection is a very good thing. Continuing that reflection on a daily basis is even better.
A few years back, during my Logo TV days, I was asked to be Grand Marshal of Orlando Pride. This was a huge honor for me. However, that year torrential rain forced Pride to be moved a month later -- smack dab on Yom Kippur. Oy vey!
Let's face it. With Yom Kippur, the holiest of the Jewish holidays approaching, there's little doubt the Jews are The Chosen Ones. Sure, we have our...
On Yom Kippur, our day of renewal, our tradition provides us with stage directions and a powerful script. The day is further enriched by the improvisational theater that we provide ourselves.
Towards the beginning, the primary motivation for my fast was probably a sense of obligation and maybe of accomplishment. But over the course of a decade, I've come to look upon my fast as a privilege -- a complex, deeply personal opportunity.