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Why This Rabbi Loves Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article for the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, I generated some controversy by quoting two books by Christian authors. A few comments and even personal phone calls wondered why a rabbi would quote Christian sources when they are so many good Jewish ones.

Innovative Rabbi Invents Home Intercom for 21st Century

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jonathan Frankel had no problem getting through rabbinical school at Yeshiva University or law school at Harvard. It was keeping track of his th...

What Jewish Millennials Want

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective.

3 Important Lessons From the Mark Driscoll Affair

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The board of a church or synagogue does not belong to its pastor or rabbi. It belongs to its members. It belongs to the community. Ultimately, it belongs to God.

Power and Powerlessness in Religion

Pamela Brill | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Pamela Brill

And before people get up in arms about using this heinous crime to promote a feminist agenda -- I disagree (although each and every one of us promote agendas every day of our lives). I see it as an opportunity to unearth the worms and re-soil.

3 Reasons Clergy Matter Now More Than Ever

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

We matter because we can transmit truths and practices that bring meaning to life. Those truths often stand in contrast to the conventions of the larger culture. In fact, religion at its best teaches ideals and practices that are counter-cultural.

Mikvahs Tightening Security After Rabbi's Hidden Camera Scandal

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) In the days since a prominent Orthodox rabbi was charged with spying on naked women in his synagogue’s mikvah, Jews who oversee the...

Did The Restaurant Owner Actually Say That To A Rabbi?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

A Mississippi rabbi and a restaurant owner have agreed to sit down and talk about a salad order gone wrong. Very wrong. Rabbi Ted Riter, of Jac...

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

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 09.20.2014 | 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.

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...