Soon it will be the first night of Chanukkah, the eight night long Jewish Festival of Lights. My husband is Jewish. I have been a Rosenberg for almost a decade now but being raised Catholic, I am not really Jewish, merely a Jew-adjacent. However, in my fake Jew-ness I have learned a couple of things about this holiday.
There is no great wisdom, there is no great secret, that will ever make life's struggle easier. The essence of wisdom is to know that we will never know. Life will always be challenging. It would always demand great effort.
And the Lord said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." (Genesis 18:26) In every g...
Though society might condemn the actions of the alleged perpetrators, victims are not simply victims -- their behavior is scrutinized and questioned in ways that imply that the violence against them was justified.
We should all write a book, one that reflects our individuality and gives substance to our ideas, a book to be shared with the world. Here are my five reasons for doing it:
My deepest gratitude is for the simple joy of being able to refer to my partner of twelve years as "wife" without feeling like a fraud. It has been a long road to get here.
The truth is that Christmas Creep isn't just about forgetting other holidays, it's about forgetting other people. And worse than that, Christmas Creep is about forgetting Christmas as well.
There is an old Talmudic debate about whether one should eat Chinese food on Christmas after going to a movie, or before. After centuries of rabbinic contemplation, the jury is still out. But it is clear that movie watching is a crucial activity for Jews on the birthday of Jesus.
With right and left squabbling about a Jewish Nation law, the right is wrong; the left isn't right; and those who think they both can't be wrong, are wrong, too.
I love the sound of the word "hodge-podge," so here's mine for an array of possible holiday gift books.
Netanyahu's insistence on passing a bill that will define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is as disgraceful as his denial that Israel is not an occupying power. If the bill were to pass now or in the future, it would blow up what's left of Israel's democracy and destroy rather than save the Jews' last haven for which they have yearned for centuries.
The main difference between our model and that of previous generations is that roles are not divvied up based on gender (even if they may appear to be on some level), but rather on personal strengths and interests.
The holiday season still makes me feel a little left out. It will always bring me back to the days when I was jealous of my friends who got to decorate trees, hang Christmas lights and joyously sing Christmas carols.
The ominous trends toward religious conflict show that all of us must urgently double, triple and quadruple our efforts to break down the walls separating Muslims and Jews worldwide.
Why Not Create Your Own Holiday Traditions? A friend of mine was concerned about the upcoming holiday season. Recently married to a man with two youn...
The degree to which American Jews advocate and openly support Israel has become more varied. There is an awakening now underway among Israeli leaders that the next generation of American Jewish support for Israel cannot be taken for granted.