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.
(Image by the Author) "From the mouths of infants and sucklings, You have founded strength, for the ending of Your foes, to cause enemy and avenger ...
We live in a world of concentric circles, spheres of influence that protect the core of who we are. But tonight's news rocked the bulls eye of my world. And although there is no logic to this phenomenon, the death of any innocent civilian should shake our foundations, our emotions naturally are overcome when the news hits close to home.
You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.
As a Jew, the grandchild and great-grand child of immigrants, and a student of American History, I know our country's historical struggles with immigration.
Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.
They're victims, not terrorists.
By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf In 1925 Fanny Goldstein, a librarian in Boston, set up an exhibit of Judaic books and began what she called Jewish Boo...
I like any prayer that invites quiet and reflection and that takes some attention away from my selfish concerns at any particular moment.
Practicing gratitude is about taking over the reins of your life by training your brain to look for things that are going well, instead of staying stuck in default mode and only noticing the not-so-great stuff.
Why was God, by default, assumed to occupy a male identity? And why was my notion of femaleness reduced to cosmetic features (ones which I definitely couldn't pull off, even if I was interested in hair dye at age seven). The answer lies somewhere beyond religion itself.
For me, Paris felt familiar. I've visited Paris, and like most who have seen it, fell in love with its beauty, its history, its glamour... its Paris-ness.