One year, my parents did something unheard of in my family: They invited a guest to dinner. It was Thanksgiving after all, time to be generous right? Our next door neighbor, an elderly man we kids called Mr. T came to supper.
The Family tells the true story of how Laskin's family of Torah scribes and humble shopkeepers split into three branches at the turn of the last century.
As Jamaican Jews, we have been enormously appreciative of the religious freedom that we have been granted on this glorious tropical island.
This year, as we give thanks on Thanksgiving, American Jews can keep in mind these eight special reasons for American Jews to give thanks.
Too often, we focus on either the good or the bad, as if life were a binary framework, with only two main perspectives. In reality, an abundance of space exists in the gray areas between supposed opposites.
I for one will not be participating in this mashed potato latke mashup. For me, it's Chanukah or nothing. Go latke or go home
For many Jews, love is conveyed (and perceived) through food. Instead of a hug, have a hamentaschen. Instead of a kiss, have a knish. Instead of a smile, have a pickle. Instead of a snuggle, have some farfel. Or, of course, it can be a both/and proposition.
While vanishingly few of us, then, have ever truly set aside the solidarity that has sustained us as a people for three millennia, all too many of us are prejudiced and yes, even flat-out, no-getting-around-it racist towards other Jews.
Maybe you can add the priestly blessing that parents say to children on Friday night, or the prayer for Creation on neohasid.org. But remember, we who will ultimately pass this world on to our children will only get to wish this blessing once.
From its outset, the Torah posits an ongoing tension between two imperatives - the universal and the particular: The God of Israel is the God of all humanity, so morality transcends nationality, but Jews have additional obligations they are commanded to keep.
On Hanukkah we wish one another, Hanukkah same'ah! 'Happy Hanukkah!' Because it's a celebration, a remembrance of something good, a time in our mythic past when our ancestors saw miracles . . . and needed them.
This past week, I visited Trader Joe's in Stamford, Conn. searching for God. I posted two questions. First, what item would be #1 on God's shopping ...
Maybe, after all, there was a deep inner connection. Certainly, Hanukkah never belonged with Christmas. Perhaps the Messiah has been waiting for just this astrological conjunction.
As of Tuesday morning, November 19, 56 additional Jewish clergy have joined with the original eleven signers of the Rabbinic Statement "Step by Step t...
I am ashamed by my lack of interest in expanding my knowledge of what happened during those years, but I am hugely grateful that there are people who make it their life's work to continue to remember and remind us. It may just be "stuff," but it's the stuff of our lives.
To be afraid, means that you are unwilling to see the possibilities of your future. It means you are beholden to the thoughts that surround your mind,...