The leading Jewish scholar in the world today, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, has written a book about Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, who was the most influential rabbi of the 20th century.
What do these curses mean, and what can they teach us? It sounds like the message is just that we should be obedient -- but that's not what it means.
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.
Roth's reading brought tears to anyone who has buried someone beloved. Yet what flowed from it was nowise morbid or even poetically elegiac. Nostalgic, yes, for the eighty years just past, but realistic about them too -- and above all historic.
Anti-Semitism can be nuanced, subtle and often unintentional. Likewise, Hinduphobia doesn't have to be openly hateful in order to have an impact.
Why is it that I'm okay if I interrupt my own life. Heck, I usually welcome it, even if in the end it is not the best idea for me. But for some reason, I don't have any tolerance for God's interruptions?
I have a vivid memory from a Bible class in the late 1980s in which we were learning the classic formulations, seen in this week's Torah portion, that if the Israelites obey God's laws, the rains will come in the right season and all will be well.
I have cancer, which is not that funny. At all. Or, is it? Honesty can be funny when it's hard hitting, and hard hitting can feel necessary to get out...
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...
J Street might not be for everyone, but its exclusion from the Conference injures the entire community.
We, as Americans, rightly hold to our freedom of speech and expression, but civility and goodwill, indeed those things by virtue of which we can cry out "We the People" in establishing those rights, demand more of us.
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...
I climb to the top of the dirt pile, kick the blade of the shovel and drop the dry soil over the top of the casket. I feel as though I am covering my sister with a warm blanket, tucking her into bed one last time, as though this final act might atone for all the times I failed her.
In those cities, residents and visitors gathered to celebrate the states' historic votes to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana.
We believe that Niebuhr's early support for a future Jewish homeland in Palestine, and his practical concerns about the difficulties the project entailed, must be recalled now, when a document fiercely critical of Israel is making its way around the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination.
Despite an increase in lawsuits related to religious expression and workplace discrimination, religious diversity is an area of diversity and inclusion often missing from leadership development.