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?
The premise of the title above has nothing to do with Israel, or any perception of political power possessed by Jewish Americans. Rather, it's a discussion of a double-standard that I see, as a Jewish American and political writer, between the use of racism, versus anti-Semitism, in American politics.
For many families, the celebration of Pesach (Passover) beginning on April 22, 2016 at sundown, brings with it thousands of years of jewish tradition...
The challenges around episodic volunteering don't arise from the nature of the short-term engagement; but, rather, they stem from the need for smart and effective execution of these programs.
As Reform Jews, who champion the right of every person to make their own decisions about their spiritual life, and their body, how do we reconcile a bill which imposes a number of targeted bureaucratic barriers against a woman's right to have an abortion?
Co-authored by Pastor Carlos Ortiz, president/founder of Hispanics Allied for Israel For the first time in 1,600 years, there are no Christians lef...