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Does Judaism Need Gender?

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Leora Tanenbaum

No, says Haviva Ner-David, most known as the first woman to apply to Yeshiva University's rabbinic ordination program and ten years later to receive private Orthodox rabbinic ordination.

Eternity Can Wait

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Certain moments grab hold of you and demand attention. They are unpredictable, volatile, and magnetic. Once encountered, they are forever. But they are also ephemeral. This is "Mythic Time."

I'll Never Forget Hod Of Yesod Again

Reb Ezra Weinberg | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Reb Ezra Weinberg

How did I remember that today is the Hebrew calendar date of my son's first birthday? I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that it was not by my own memory, but truly of divine intervention.

The Renewal Of A Jewish Pre-Birth Ceremony

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

Mikveh is a ritual of transition and rebirth. We enter the mikveh -- which is reminiscent of the womb -- curl into a fetal position, immerse ourselves completely in the "living waters," and come out reborn.

Did Oprah Go To The Mikveh For Her New Show?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

What has Oprah Winfrey been doing since ending her long-running afternoon talk show? If your only news source was, you might think that she has embraced Judaism on the level of Madonna.

Why I Got Naked and Jumped Into the Ocean Before My Wedding

Jessica Langer-Sousa | Posted 12.02.2011 | Weddings
Jessica Langer-Sousa

Planning a marriage between an observant Jew and a devout Catholic is a delicious brew for controversy. Nonetheless, our interfaith wedding was only two weeks away and I wanted to do something spiritual to mark my upcoming marriage to the man that I loved.

Rabbinic Rulings and the Rectal Route: Yom Kippur's Curious Path to God

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

If a caffeine suppository offers you a path to God, I say hallelujah. The end justifies the means.

Let Us Begin: Celebrating The Mikveh Water's Power To Renew

Anita Diamant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anita Diamant

The mikveh feels a little like the womb. But you can't stay under long, no matter how lovely the sound and sensation of your splashing heart. You have to get out of the water, where the rest of this life is waiting to begin.