Shavuot reminds Jews of our religious roots and obligations. America, though, is anchored in a dedication to liberty for all citizens no matter what they believe. This is what unites us in a civic heritage no religious tradition ever can or should try to duplicate.
It's high time for Europe to face the stark reality that anti-Semitism is alive and well in its midst, and more action -- real action -- is needed, and now.
Pope Francis has shown us a faithful, peaceful approach to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. All of us can follow his example. We are all Pope Francis now. It is up to all of us.
None of these victories made me as proud of my club as finding out about how my club defied anti-Semitism and the Nazis.
An interview with Vera Schwarcz of Wesleyan University on her course, "The Jewish Experience in China from Kaifeng through the Holocaust." As a schol...
People always want to talk to me about being black. Or Jewish. Or black and Jewish. Or when they hear me talk about my racial identity, they want to share their own racial experiences. I know that in a lot of ways, I am a cultural and ethnic enigma. But in all honesty, it can get old.
Unlike Samuel Heilman's "The Rebbe" and Joseph Telushkin's upcoming book "Rebbe," much of Steinsaltz's work is based on his own personal experiences, perceptions and interactions with the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Chabad movement.
The Greatest Man He Has Ever Met On Tuesday, June 14, 1994, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz walked into my classroom, visibly shaken; I was in the 9th grade. I...
I hope that Perry offers an apology along the lines of Mackelmore and pulls the video off the web. It belongs as part of history -- but has no place in a society that values cultural and ethnic diversity.
A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, "What is this, a joke?" Actually, it's a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjoo...
Universal spirituality does not nullify the teachings of any religion, nor does it denigrate any faith or creed. It incorporates the morals derived from religions into shared consciousness. It respects the practices of each creed.
From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.
As the Jewish right and left wings rush to their respective corners, those of us in the relative center of the community have a right to feel excluded and frustrated by the Presidents' Conference decision.
The leading Jewish scholar in the world today, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, has written a book about Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, who was the most influential rabbi of the 20th century.
What do these curses mean, and what can they teach us? It sounds like the message is just that we should be obedient -- but that's not what it means.
From the evening of Tuesday June 3 through the evening of June 5, Jews will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, which in most of Jewish life today is focused on the revelation and acceptance of Torah at Mount Sinai.