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Why Did I Become A Rabbi?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

American Jews have the highest proportion of college-educated adults in America. The assumption of many parents is that their child will enter the legal, financial or medical profession. Entering the clergy deviates from this pattern. A rabbi is simply not a popular job for American Jewish boy.

A Rabbi on the Economy & The Great Gatsby

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

I have long appreciated Fitzgerald's novel as a commentary on the limits of the American Dream that we all hold sacred. Dreams and fantasies, the pursuit of wealth and fame and success--these vanities have been lifted to the highest levels of respect and hope and yearning over the past century.

It Is What's Inside That Counts

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Women
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

My community looks to the rabbi as the one who embodies Torah and shares it with them. They don't really care much about the shape or gender of the person who transmits it and teaches it.

Cyclists And Faith Find A Common Cadence

Win Bassett | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

Regardless of creed, crank, and even creatine in some cases, it's not uncommon to find people mixing religion and riding and subsequently discovering a unique spiritual and physical reciprocity.

What We Talk About When We Talk About AIDS

Andrew Miller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Miller

In med school, future physicians are trained to look for the prosaic horse -- not the exotic zebra -- when making diagnoses. So I've been told, variously, that I'm a migraineur, a hypochondriac, a schizophrenic. But I'm none of those: I'm a zebra.

Retirement: An Opportunity to Fall in Love Again

Shlomo Slatkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Shlomo Slatkin

You've dreamed for years of finally retiring and enjoying the rest of your life with your spouse. Little did you know at the time that your relationship would experience friction that you could have never imagined.

Hurricane Sandy Is 'Divine Justice' For New York's Gay Marriage Law, Rabbi Claims (UPDATE)

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

UPDATE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has denounced Rabbi Noson Leiter's claims and called for an apology in an email statement: "The comments made b...

God As Ordering Force Of The Universe

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

How and why would God speak to me personally when there might be infinite other creatures on infinite numbers of other planets likewise seeking connection to the Divine?

Jerusalem Woman Puts Baby At Risk To Uphold Vow Of Silence

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

After giving birth alone in her home, a Jerusalem Haredi woman hid her baby under her dress with the umbilical cord still attached, hid the placenta i...

Prayer On Becoming A Rabbi

Ari Hart | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Ari Hart

Keep me honest. Don't let me fall into the temptation of distancing myself from the people I serve and the people I love. Guard me from trials I cannot pass. Push me towards the ones that I can.

Remembering The Past, Building The Future

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet

We wandered through this concentration camp in the blazing sun. It was uncharacteristically hot for this time of year. It somehow didn't seem right.

Rabbi Busted In Massive Illegal Cigarette Scheme

Posted 02.29.2012 | New York

A Brooklyn rabbi could face up to 15 years in prison after being busted for selling illegal cigarettes. Rabbi Meshulam Rothschild is said to have chea...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Fraser Robinson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.15.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

It's providential for Michelle's sake that LaVaughn ever met Fraser C. Robinson, Jr. because he would have much preferred to never leave the South.

14 By 14, A Biblical Emissions Mandate: 14 (Percent Reduction) By (20)14

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We should let our workers rest from their labors; and the Earth should be allowed to rest, too. Social, spiritual and ecological sustainability intertwine.

References For A Rabbi?

Debra Weiner | Posted 02.14.2012 | Weddings
Debra Weiner

One of the more difficult tasks for us was finding a rabbi who would perform a Saturday afternoon ceremony for a mixed-faith couple.

Decisions, Decisions

Cailin Goldberg-Meehan | Posted 01.16.2012 | Weddings
Cailin Goldberg-Meehan

I am not a girl who lost sleep fantasizing about her hypothetical wedding. But at five years in, I was positively rash. But I am a sucker for ceremony and thought the planning would be fun.

Top Three Tips For Hiring A Rabbi For Your Wedding

Rabbi Dan Ain | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Dan Ain

With marriage in the State of New York now available to all, this wedding season promises to be an especially busy one. Here are a few suggestions that all couples looking for a rabbi to officiate might want to consider.

Bob Dylan, It Turns Out, Lives in Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 08.27.2011 | Entertainment
Bradley Burston

Like any true rebbe, certainly like Shlomo Carlebach, Bob Dylan is spectacularly flawed. But like any true rebbe, he has worlds to teach us about ourselves and this life, and we know this much: we are simply not going to get this stuff from anyone else.

On Corn And Marriage: A Rabbi's Reflections From The New York Senate Gallery

Rabbi Andrea Myers | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Andrea Myers

I went to Albany on Friday not expecting anything to change. But I got to witness what was a sacred moment. I got to see thoughtfulness and deliberation lead people to change their minds and their votes.

Prayer: An Expression Of The Heart

Scott Perlo | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

I offer this thought as a guide: whatever your worship, ask yourself, "did my heart express itself today?" If so, you have truly prayed.

A Rabbi's Letter To Rep. Weiner

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Yes, you made a stupid mistake and then you lied, which made something stupid much worse, but our reaction says much more about us than you.

The Bin Laden Dialogue: An Imam, Rabbi And Minister Struggle Over What To Preach This Weekend

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

Two days after the news of Bin Laden's demise, an Imam, Rabbi and Minister reflect on what it means for people of faith: the 'celebrations,' the burial, and what to preach about this weekend.

Brooklyn Rabbi Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion

By Ted Sherman Religion News Service TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) Of all those targeted in what became the biggest FBI sting operation in New Jersey history, ...

Finding Faith, Doing Service In Haiti

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

They don't meet many Jews and I was certainly the first rabbi they ever encountered. To them I was a minister to the chosen people of God and Israel was the Promised Land.

The Rabbi Who Believes In Zeus: Why All Intuitions Of God Are Incomplete

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

No, I don't think that there is a huge bearded guy dressed in a toga sitting in a palace on a mountain in the sky. I believe in Zeus in the same way that Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato did.