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?
English professor and social anthropologist Jonathan Webber may not have known the full extent of his actions when he first felt compelled to rebuild a cemetery in the bucolic Polish town of Brzostek, where his grandfather was born.
On this Veterans Day, my family will mark the fifth anniversary of my father's death. Not only did my father, Gerald Gitell, die the night of Veterans Day. He was a Special Forces combat officer in Vietnam.
An assessment of contemporary Christian reading patterns of the Hebrew Bible can be roughly divided into two primary schools of thoughts; the first sc...
The road to character, David Brooks is telling us, is away from self to other, then back to self --a new self, whole, reformed, dedicated. "No person," he writes in his concluding chapter, "can achieve self-mastery on his or her own. . . . Everybody needs redemptive assistance from outside."
Each week, in Jewish tradition, a reading from the Prophets, the second segment of our trifold Hebrew Scriptures, is paired with our reading from the ...
At first glance, the idea of having an interreligious prayer might seem disingenuous and perhaps even insulting; one might ask whether or not the prayer is truly "meaningful": does the language used reflect how one understands their idea and conceptualization of the divine?
Jesus before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri--wikimedia and Paul before Festus and Agrippa by Vasily Surikov--wikiart Jesus and Paul to Sanhedrin: "If ...