In spring, as the saying goes, a man's fancy turns to baseball. Likewise, in spring, the Jew's fancy turns to the eternal question our ancestors have been asking for a millennia: What do I serve and eat for Passover?
"I love to hit the ball," says Adam , 12, an Israeli Arab, who attends the Orthodox Christian School in the mixed Arab-Jewish city Ramle. "And I love the schnitzel served at lunch." His friend Sagi, an Israeli Jew from Modi'in nods in agreement to his friend's statements.
Although he didn't believe in God, belong to a synagogue or celebrate the Sabbath, when the full moon rose in the sky around the time of the vernal eq...
I would first like to thank Mayor Martin, Sandy Goldstein, Monsignor Digiovanni and my fellow clergy for your leadership in organizing this historic and important event in our city. We are truly grateful for this gathering of Many Faiths, One Community and Stamford Proud.
Like most American Jews, I'll be at a seder this week. Will it be a spiritual experience? Yes, though not because I expect to fall into a mystical trance, or to be bathed by some kind of well-being woo-woo.
Please check out this extraordinary video of my daughter Alyssa Braver interviewing her almost 93 year old grandfather, Harold Braver for the Huffington Post #TalkToMe video series.
Many of us have heard of the "suddenly Jewish" phenomenon when someone raised as a gentile discovers their Jewish heritage, but actress and singer-s...
It has been proven true over the years that victors write the history. Nowhere is this fact more obvious than in Jerusalem, where some Israelis are trying unsuccessfully to rewrite centuries-old history.
Going to the Burn had been a goal of mine since moving to the west coast for college, but college always seemed to get in the way. Since starting my graduate studies in Jewish nonprofit management at HUC, the spiritual seeker grew in me to the point where I knew it was time.
(Passover Seder in a Harvard House) A rabbinic friend who worked in hospice care once told how he placed a Seder-plate - a platter with the traditi...
Watching John Kasich lecture Jews about their own holy books isn't just embarrassing, it's infuriating. Kasich dismisses what they say because he knows Judaism better than they do.
When we ignore such an inventory, we run the risk of citing platitudes allegedly bringing meaning and depth to our lives. We know what we believe but we don't know why. And when the why becomes increasingly obscure, so does the lived experience of the principle we hold to be true
In the aftermath of the atrocities in Paris and Brussels, and the daily outrages against humanity in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, it is easy to forget the religious tolerance is under siege from a tiny minority of extremists.
The benefits of religious education are not limited to the scholastic. A discussion about one's religious identity and beliefs, or lack thereof, is an extremely personal lens into the inner attitudes and mindset of an individual.
Holidays give families a chance to gather, reflect on the last year, and create new memories. At least that is the ideal version of the concept. Brenda Janowitz's lovely and fast-paced novel, The Dinner Party, captures a much more realistic view of the intricacies of a family gathering.
You can only fight a war you believe in. Even if it isn't for ideals, it must be on some level worth your individualistic need and time. What if we could strive for peace using the same narrative? What if we could all believe that working for peace somehow was worth our individualistic need and time?