I like any prayer that invites quiet and reflection and that takes some attention away from my selfish concerns at any particular moment.
Practicing gratitude is about taking over the reins of your life by training your brain to look for things that are going well, instead of staying stuck in default mode and only noticing the not-so-great stuff.
Why was God, by default, assumed to occupy a male identity? And why was my notion of femaleness reduced to cosmetic features (ones which I definitely couldn't pull off, even if I was interested in hair dye at age seven). The answer lies somewhere beyond religion itself.
For me, Paris felt familiar. I've visited Paris, and like most who have seen it, fell in love with its beauty, its history, its glamour... its Paris-ness.
The Abrahamic faiths can come together. It has happened in history -- Andalusia was, on balance, a time of true interfaith harmony. It happens today in friendships between top scholars and leaders of Judaism and Islam. And it can happen on a global scale.
"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerm...
What is it about this particular threat that gives it such inordinate emotional power, far beyond the danger that it actually poses to most of us. Why does terrorism terrorize?
Traveling is my greatest passion. I love exploring the world. I have been traveling my entire life and as a result, have friends of different socio-economic positions, backgrounds, and faiths in nearly every corner of the globe.
The news from Jerusalem during the last six weeks has been mostly negative. Stabbings and shootings of stabbers, riots and police violently controlling riots have dominated the news. Is there an alternative view of "The Situation"?
When you denounce intermarried rabbis and talk about the declining vitality of Judaism, we, the families are listening to you talk about how these rabbis--whose families closely resemble our own--don't count for you.
Justin Trudeau, the new 43 year old Prime Minister of Canada, when asked by a reporter why it was important to him that his newly announced cabinet wa...
Is converting to Judaism "for" someone so bad after all? As an avid follower of the hit show, New Girl, I couldn't pass up an article about its star, Zooey Deschanel, converting to Judaism.
We are defined not by differences in our customs, beliefs, or denominations, our ethnicities, cultures, or religious observance. It is the fiery spirit of the Jewish nation that defines us.
My wife and I, both of whom are Christians, once had some Muslim friends over for a meal, and we made the mistake of offering them meat that was not halal. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, halal means 'permissible' in Arabic.
Two Trees in Jerusalem, which has now been translated into English and is newly available in the United States, is a deeply personal, intimate memoir by a German woman, Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, recalling her childhood years in Germany during World War 2 and the Holocaust, and her parents' highly exceptional actions in protecting and rescuing Jews from the Nazis.
You just buried your father this week and will celebrate the bar mitzva of your oldest son this weekend. How have rituals helped you in your saddest and most joyous times?