Ultimately, history is instructing us that peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Jews has been the norm, it is violent conflict that has been the aberration in this relationship between the two great faiths.
Here was a couple that found the courage to celebrate after sudden and unimaginable tragedy. They found a way to transform sorrow into joy, tears into triumph, and death into life.
Thanksgiving -- at least in the form we celebrate it in this country -- is an American invention, and also a holiday about each of our relationships to America.
More and more I believe that the only territory in which one truly can cause the Divine to reign is the kingdom of one's own heart.
In an age of unprecedented social media, it has become a familiar trope that man is ironically more isolated and disconnected from his neighbor than e...
This year, as we approach another dark winter, another anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and another Chanukah season, the world is once again reeling from one communal tragedy to another.
Believe it or not, American Jews typically do celebrate Thanksgiving. I mean, what Jewish person (or any person for that matter) wouldn't want to sit around a table with their family, eat turkey, argue about politics all day and then watch some good-old American football?
The day we all pray for will come when we can listen well enough to distinguish, affirm, and support our truest selves. None need be at the expense of the other, and all could use their own dignity back.
They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five noteworthy souls striving to make the world a better place.
We're outraged by Donald Trump's demanding I.D. cards to protect America from the super-hyped threat of Syrian refugees. We're ashamed by the memory of Roosevelt's interning more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. But Winston Churchill went even farther.
Conservative Judaism is quintessentially the Judaism of relationship. Balancing relationships with other Jewish denominations, reaching out to the non-Jewish world, and most important, understanding our tradition as one in continuing dialogue with God.
The idea of creating a national registry of all Muslims living in the United States is egregiously wrong and almost certainly unconstitutional. It is actually such an abysmal idea that it seems farcical - except that it's not funny at all.
Jewish summer camps are likely not something the average American ever thinks about. But for many of us, that shared experience brings us together in our shared pride of being Jewish, of believing in G-d the way our ancestors did, and means that, in fact, #WeareEzraSchwartz.
"I did it because my friends are doing it! I want to fit in, but also it's something that I want." I've used this justification with my parents, as well as with friends, to try and explain myself a little bit.
I should add that I'm not talking about drugs here. Or alcohol. I'm talking about Judaism.
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"From the mouths of infants and sucklings, You have founded strength, for the ending of Your foes, to cause enemy and avenger ...