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.
Once after eating a meal on our porch in the festive tent in which we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, my then ten-year-old son announced that he was not so interested in saying the blessings after the meal.
I can probably sum up this movie in one Yiddish word: OY! It was horrible. I sort of feel bad saying that because I don't think this movie will get a single positive review. It was that awful.
Our task is to find new words, new vessels for that old wine of deep spiritual awareness, words that can awaken minds formed in our scientific age and help us to transform our ways of living while there is still time.
What is Judaism's bottom line? In a world in which everything changes, in which marketing often dictates the spin we give to whatever it is we are about to do, what in Judaism isn't negotiable? What in Judaism remains so crucial that if you got rid of that heart, there would be no Judaism left alive?
We can preach and teach all day long but if we don't live those values there will be no power of influence. Transformative education happens through mentorship and a life of modeled virtue.
Unlike a book, which not only has a clear beginning and ending, a scroll just keeps turning. Unlike a book, which must be broken in order to add to it, a scroll simply needs a bit more parchment, a needle and some thread. And in those differences, a huge statement is being made.
The results of my DNA analysis arrived in the mail a few weeks later. What a surprise! I had no idea where the Sub-Saharan African part came from, but that meant that I had a black ancestor somewhere about five generations back.