Perhaps my refusal to truly be myself in Crown Heights, to be open about who I am, a Jewish queer woman, is not entirely oppressive. Lost in my own preconceptions about the community that I love with verocity, despite everything, I forgot that people here, as everywhere, are complex.
Whether one chooses to become a vegetarian or to eat a more omnivorous diet is an individual choice. However, Jews are food people, and there are many laws that dictate how and what we eat.
There is some debate as to what Noah used to allow light into the ark. But both possibilities are illuminating for us.
What follows arose as a poetic/prophetic outcry (even an alternative Haftarah) that has been used that way for the Shabbat in which Jews read the Noah/ Flood/ Ark/ Rainbow passage of Torah.
Andy Siegel was only fourteen when I met him. But he carried himself with an air of experience. His questions were striking, and his ability to work with people of all ages was like nothing I had ever seen, especially in someone so young.
My husband suggested we could make it a family event and all go to church one Sunday. I reluctantly agreed. This time I was going through the front door, which had a big gold cross over it. I felt like an alien.
The God I believe in brings a richness and depth to life. The God I believe in makes it possible for us to be fully human. To rise from despair to hope; to transform bitterness into love; to move the world as it is a little closer to the world as it ought to be.
Earlier today, Pew Research released A Portrait of American Jewry, the first study of American Jewish life in over 10 years. It seems love and marriage are more elusive than ever before for Jewish women and men in America.
Perhaps Jacob was one of the first practitioners of walking meditation. Or maybe he just didn't want to miss out on his kids.
In the midst of the post-flood re-creation stories in this week's Torah reading, we find two different responses to the tragedy of the world's destruction.
Our own denials notwithstanding, Danon's stated hopes for a one-state solution have again confirmed Lustick's fears. And they should give the rest of us cause for alarm -- not at Lustick for pointing this out, but at the Netanyahu government in which these gentlemen continue to serve.
While Chagall's powerful paintings restore Jesus's Jewish identity, they focus primarily on one theme: the common ground of suffering -- Jesus suffering on the cross signifying the suffering of Jews in horrendous persecutions.
God is far, far away. But at the very same moment, God can be so close. Through Torah, God's message is as close as a class downloaded on phone, as close as holy book sitting on the shelf.
John Zorn has been an inspiration and an inﬂuence for me for over 30 years since I ﬁrst heard his brazenly original music on the Lower East Side. He was making insanity, but insanity that made sense with duck calls and his sax.
Israeli security officials at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge turned back an American peace volunteer who is part of the Christian Peacemaker Teams ...
Autumn is Jewish holiday season. With so many festivals, fast days, and calendar holidays popping up every week, it can be hard to keep track.