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Rabbis Arrested Protesting Trump At One Of His Hotels

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

A group of rabbis, cantors and Jewish activists were arrested Monday night while protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting imm...

Anti-Semitic Tweets Erupt After Rabbi’s Prayer At Trump’s Inauguration

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics

The rabbi who blessed Donald Trump at his presidential inauguration Friday said he expected the anti-Semitic messages that were hurled his way on Twit...

An Unforgettable Evening with Shlomo Carlebach

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.02.2017 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

I am Jewish. My parents were Jewish. My grandparents were Jewish and all their parents and grandparents were Jewish. My father's father's name was "Ab...

What's in a Name?: Hebrew and Arabic Names, Naming, & North American Culture

Can We Talk | Posted 11.23.2016 | Religion
Can We Talk

Both of you grew up primarily in North America with Jewish and Muslim first names. In what ways were your names sources of pride or discomfort? As par...

7 Signs A Marriage Won’t Last, According To Wedding Officiants

The Huffington Post | Carolin Lehmann | Posted 08.30.2016 | Divorce

Wedding officiants ― particularly those that do pre-marital counseling ― often get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a couple’s future marriage. ...

What Do You Wear To Get Divorced?

Rabbi Lisa Greene | Posted 07.26.2016 | Divorce
Rabbi Lisa Greene

I stood in front of the mirror talking to my father and my grandmother, debating what to wear. Grandma Ruth said, "You need pearls with that, dea...

On the Impact of What We Say, and How We See (Parashat Balak, Numbers 22:2-25:9)

Seventy Faces of Torah | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Seventy Faces of Torah

By Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire It was only a few months ago that we saw graphic and horrific images of refugee children dying on European beaches, while D...

When Mourning Is Not Yet Done (Parshat Hukkat, Numbers 19:1-22:1)

Seventy Faces of Torah | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Seventy Faces of Torah

Shabbat can function as a break from the unbearably real. We spend our week not only consumed by our personal struggles, large and small, but also tun...

”The Girl Who Said No”

Seventy Faces of Torah | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion
Seventy Faces of Torah

I run from confrontation. The very thought of disagreeing with someone makes me breathless. Yet, as a rabbi, I have to accept that people will not a...

A Note From Camp Ramah, A Heart In Israel

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

May this Shabbat bring comfort and healing to our sisters and brothers - namely, all people. May our children inherit a better world, thanks to the actions we commit to take.

All Who "Wander" Are Not Lost

Seventy Faces of Torah | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Seventy Faces of Torah

Like many of us, I found out about the Orlando massacre on Shavuot. It was a terrifying and terrible moment. Once again, our nation was plunged into m...

How Far We Haven’t Come (Parshat Naso, B’midbar 4:21-7:89)

Seventy Faces of Torah | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Seventy Faces of Torah

There should be a name for the particular sense of pride, the utter self-righteousness, that arises when we modern readers encounter the deeply proble...

Silly Poem of the Week: A Rabbi, and Imam and a Priest

Ovadya Batat | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Ovadya Batat

A Rabbi, Imam and a Christian Priest Have gathered together for an annual feast At the first of the year they're coming together To crack up some joke...

A priest, a rabbi, and two pastors walk into a bar...

Matt Carriker | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Matt Carriker

I know, I know. It sounds like the beginning of a joke. It was the beginning of a Facebook post by Angel that got over 100 likes. That's something....

Can We Talk: Women and Leadership

Can We Talk | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Can We Talk

This month's "Can We Talk?" features an exchange between Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld and Celene Ibrahim, M. Div., responding to the following question...

'No Mom, I Don't Want to Talk to the Jewish Booth'

Daniel Jake Harrington | Posted 05.12.2016 | College
Daniel Jake Harrington

You may not be convinced at that (enter school mascot here) day that you should be engaging in more religious activities, but what I can tell you is that you have to try. Even if you are not Jewish, the community that you can be a part of is worth a few tries.

These Are Dark Days for America

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Step up. Do it because it is the necessary thing. Don't stop when this stage is done. There's untold damage being done, and, as Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav taught long ago: "If you believe you can corrupt, believe you can heal."

Saying Psalms in a Mosque: A Jewish, Muslim, Christian Collaboration

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.31.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Marking the twenty-fourth anniversary of the Khojaly massacre, a group of Jews, Muslims and Christians gathered at a local mosque to offers prayers and words of consolation over a tragedy that occurred half-way around the world.

Welcoming Everything You Experience: A Path of Joy, Compassion, and Service

Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.02.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Jay Michaelson, author of the new book The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path, and Zen teacher Koshin Paley Ellison, co-director of t...

More Than 1,000 Rabbis Call On Congress To Welcome Refugees

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion

In a poignant letter to Congress this week, more than 1,000 American rabbis have called on the United States to open its doors to refugees seeking san...

Do We Believe That Children Are the Future? Institutional Alienation in Orthodox Judaism

Leead Staller | Posted 11.25.2016 | Religion
Leead Staller

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...

Conservative Judaism Seeks its True Name

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.23.2016 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

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.

Register Me, Too, Mr. Trump

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

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.

Should I Ever Criticize My Spouse?

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 11.04.2016 | Weddings
Marcia Naomi Berger

"A love without reproof is no love." ---Rabbi Yosi ben Chanina Reproof is defined as rebuke or criticism. You may feel safer by seething silen...

This Rabbi Was Expelled For ‘Sexual Misconduct’ And Some Leaders Were Left In The Dark

The Forward | Ashley Calloway | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion

Rabbi Eric Siroka was quietly expelled from the nation’s leading association for Reform rabbis, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, this past...