To claim that the decline in my generation's attachment to Israel is principally due to our being a generation of less connected Jews is to cling too strongly to the ideology that the modern State of Israel is and always will be a bona fide marker of a Jew's commitment to his or her religion.
I honestly think humans gets so hung up on living forever because we feel like we don't have enough time. We think that one lifetime just isn't enough. We cling to the idea of eternity because it feels secure.
The world isn't so interested in accepting us, in looking deeper into who we are to define us, but would rather put us into neat categories.
I like company on the rare occasion that I have it while I'm cooking, but I also enjoy the alone time, and my ability to be slow and deliberate about my cooking, savoring the process and tasting things as often as I want, without anyone offering to help or getting underfoot.
If we value rather than vilify the healing power of this versatile plant, we can improve our world by making it a more compassionate, just, and holy place.
What drove me and more than fifteen representatives of other faith communities to deliver compelling testimonies at a hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency last week? The need for robust carbon standards for new power plants in the United States.
Anti-Semitism has characteristics like other forms of bigotry in terms of stereotyping, alienation from the other, and discrimination. But what makes it different, and which goes a long way to explain anomalous things about anti-Semitism is the core of the anti-Semitic idea.
There is something quintessentially American and quintessentially Jewish about voting -- and fighting for the right to vote. After all, voting is an act of faith. It's a ritual, part of belonging to the community.
Last month, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbi...
Ask any Jewish family that sends their children to both a private Jewish day school and a Jewish summer camp about the affordability of such endeavors and they'll use words such as "sacrifice," "hardship" and "priorities."
This week, I've really been thinking about things. So I grabbed my computer and I wrote my very first letter... to God.
If there is a practice common among a minority of New Yorkers that is proven to sometimes cause serious injury or even death to infants, wouldn't the new mayor want to curtail that practice?
In The Roses Underneath, a confident first novel by C.F. Yetmen, the details of one German female's wily survival skills are in the forefront against the backdrop of the Monuments Men cataloguing fine art stolen, sold and hidden during the Holocaust.
"When Persian steeds once more quarter in Israel's stables, know ye that the Messiah's hour draws near." A common refrain, almost-prayer, amongst our people, in the first centuries CE. Deep, then, the friendship between Jews and Persians in classical antiquity.
Few stories or their morals are more recognizable than that of the Emperor's New Clothes. However, the Torah reading this week, Tetzaveh, turns this classic story inside out.
Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.