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Washington State Rabbi Becomes U.S. Air Force Chaplain With Beard Intact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

A Washington state rabbi didn’t have to split hairs when it came to joining the U.S. Air Force -- he came on board with his beard intact. Rabbi E...

Don't Mourn the End of Summer

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Ilana Garber

We spend the first half of summer trying to get to as many beaches as possible and eating too much ice cream, and the second half mourning summer's early demise.

The First Hasidic Rock Band

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Dressed as their religion dictates, they set up their own equipment, they had no roadies, and from what I understand they couldn't play from sundown Friday to Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

I'm Done Apologizing for Israel

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I ask the enraged critics of Israel's defensive responses to Hamas: Would you have us not respond to this monstrosity? Do you think it's not worth losing the PR battle to retain our humanity and save as many lives as possible?

Not Interfaith Marriage, Two-Faith Marriage

Abraham Gutman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Abraham Gutman

Many American Jewish leaders fear that interfaith relationships will be the downfall of the Jewish community. But from the perspective of a Jewish guy that fell in love with a Christian girl, my marriage is not the problem. The Jewish community is.

This Robot Uses Modern Technology To Do An Ancient, Holy Task

AP | Kirsten Grieshaber | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion

BERLIN (AP) — The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penni...

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

A Retrospective On The Life Of The Lubavitcher Rebbe

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, also referred to as the "Lubavitcher Rebbe" and sometimes just "the Rebbe," died in 1994. On Tuesday, July 1, thousa...

When Will the U.S. Supreme Court Protect the Freedoms of Religious People Who Use Contraceptives?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Was the court so overly-focused on the potential indirect violation of religious freedoms of one set of Americans that they forgot to consider the actual religious freedoms of millions of others?

A Rabbi's Heart Beats Again

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

In a nondescript hotel room in Texas, surrounded by rabbis who are black and white, old and young, straight and gay, women and men, layers of hidden, accumulated spiritual scar tissue burst apart and revealed my own wounded heart.

Can We Please Tone Down Mother's Day This Year?

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

This is the week that I was supposed to give birth to my first child and celebrate my first Mother's Day as a mom.

A Day in the Life of a Rabbi

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Every person's life is a package deal, both bitter and sweet. It is an honor to be an intimate part of other people's lives.

On Good Friday, If You Can't Say It in Front of the Rabbi, Don't Say It at All

Lillian Daniel | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

On Good Friday, if you can't say it in front of the rabbi, don't say it at all. But don't assume you have to water it down either. Because if we can not respect each other's uniqueness and difference in public worship, how will we ever go deep enough to get to the really important questions that clergy desperately want to ask?

Leaving Egypt

Rabbi David A. Teutsch | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David A. Teutsch

Pesach is a holiday that is mightily concerned with getting rid of hametz, leavening of all sorts, and with food preparation. Someone recently called it an obsessive-compulsive's delight.

Life on the Margins (Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein

There are modern-day 'metzoraim,' outliers who stand at the edge -- and not always as a result of their own willful choices. I have felt like a leper, someone living outside the comfort of the camp.

Rabbi Menachem Froman Z"L: Worth Remembering

Reb Ezra Weinberg | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Reb Ezra Weinberg

Rav Froman took the time and built relationships with Palestinians, particularly in religious settings. He had the holy chutzpah (or audacity) to go and meet his Palestinian neighbors. He became a living testament that putting a human face on your enemy is a game changer.

Jewvangelist: Parody, Practicality or Prohibition?

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

In a convincingly Jewish fashion (and fittingly created by both Jews and non-Jews), a new YouTube comedy series entitled Jewvangelist is generating a following and providing an opportunity to reopen this challenging internal dialogue.

What Is Spirituality? A Lenten Reflection for All Spiritual Traditions

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

What is spirituality? "It is," as Rabbi Kaplan puts it, "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..." Consider t...

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

Sunrise, Sunset: A Son Rises

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Once I knew everything about my children from their sleep habits to their favorite foods. Now I stand on the periphery watching them change and grapple with adulthood.

What the Bible Can Teach Our Leaders About Humility

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Just maybe our own leaders can take a clue from the leaders of the ancient world, and open their hearts and minds to embrace the power of humility and collaboration for the betterment of us all.

You're Not Agnostic, You're An Atheist

Isaac Saul | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Isaac Saul

One of the most popular phrases I hear amongst my friends these days is, "I'm agnostic." According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, an agnost...

Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Contemporizing biblical figures is not the end of the story. It's the starting point of a gross misunderstanding. Contemporizing -- and fashioning in your own image -- is one thing, but erasing identities is another matter, a serious matter with serious consequences.

Keeping Time, Seeking Meaning: Celebrating According to the Calendar

Rabbi David A. Teutsch | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David A. Teutsch

For an increasing number of Americans, even these holidays have eroded into family gatherings that no longer connect strongly to the spiritual meaning that they have in the religious cultures in which they developed.

A Rabbi's Christmas Thought (for Jewish Parents and Others)

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

We, American Jewish parents, guardians of the faith, have a choice. Do we try to diminish the magic of the lights our children see?