Mania Golberg sat in her dining room in Roswell, Georgia; explaining what it was like to hide in a dark underground cave in Ukraine for 344 days during the Holocaust. The enormity of what Mania lived through seemed somehow misaligned with the frail 85 year old Jewish woman sitting next to me kneading her hands.
Those of us with privilege need to be vigilant about standing up for those who are marginalized and oppressed. Like Joseph we need to find our hidden voice and courageously speak out for freedom and justice for all.
What will flow is a greater love and a more profound kindness that finally realizes it is the very same love and kindness awakening within me as a Jew or a Christian, as a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist.
Dear God, in a world radiant with blessing, may I never hoard my good fortune but offer it to your children with an open hand, an eager heart and a spirit that honors You.
Most people are familiar with the story of the Ten Commandments. The short version is that God called Moses to Mount Sinai where he gave him two tablets of stone that contained the Ten Commandments.
Personally, I love Christmas, Christmas music, Christmas TV specials, and most of all Christmas vacation. So while I'm otherwise on mine, here are my top 12 Christmas songs for this year.
So that's the first challenge for the Jewish community when it comes to science -- while the Christian community grapples with how to embrace science, the Jewish community has to figure out how to relate to Judaism.
In the Torah portion for this week (Vayigash), Joseph, having grown in power and influence in Egypt after his brothers left him for dead in the desert many years before, now reveals his true identity to his assembled siblings.
So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.
The lovely blue glass container holds a small roll of parchment on which is written the traditional Jewish prayer that begins, "Shema Yisrael." For those in the know, this mezuzah reveals that those who live in the house are Jewish.
The holiday season is a special time of year. Families, friends and even strangers share memories of their past along with expectations and dreams f...
Just before Christmas the previous year, my mother ("Mimi" to her grandchildren) had died in my childhood home in Savannah, Georgia. For the first time in my life I had decided to spend Christmas away from my family of origin, away from Savannah. It was not an uncomplicated decision, but I had made peace with it.
If extremist provocateurs like Yehuda Glick cannot be stopped, we can expect war to reignite year after year. But in addition if Christian Zionists (their preachers, academics, and writers) do not stop supporting and encouraging these provocations, they will be complicit in what may erupt.
Rabbi Katy Allen teaches that Hanukkah is a time to rededicate ourselves to the holy and hard work of responding to climate change. She writes that we "increase our holiness by rededicating ourselves to reducing our carbon footprint."
It is helpful to think about common misconceptions that people have about the Bible so that we can read it better.
This Hanukah more than ever we must rekindle our collective dreams of a world at peace in which every single human being is able to celebrate and worship as they choose.