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Rabbis With Non-Jewish Partners

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

Reconstructionist Judaism is predicated upon each generation reconstructing Judaism to be relevant and meaningful for its time. The effects of intermarriage have not been as dire as some have predicted. Judaism and Jewish life have not ceased to exist when families intermarry.

Rabbis Honor Pope's Climate Message With Yom Kippur Service In DC

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion

With Pope Francis's arrival in Washington, DC on Sept. 22, a group of rabbis gathered in the capital on Tuesday afternoon to begin a Yom Kippur s...

Preaching to All Choirs on the High Holidays

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Moline

I am no longer a pulpit rabbi, so the question of sermon topics on the High Holy Days is one I consider as a consumer rather than as a provider - but that doesn't stop me from reflecting on the situation congregational rabbis are in this month.

Over 750 American Rabbis Call On Congress To Reject Flawed Iran Nuclear Deal

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Over 750 rabbis across every major denomination have signed a letter calling on Congress to reject the nuclear deal with Iran. In our open letter to...

Hundreds Of Rabbis Urge Congress To Approve Iran Nuclear Deal

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Rebuffing a campaign among Jewish organizations to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal, 340 rabbis sent a letter to Congress Monday (Aug. 1...

Should Rabbis Speak About Iran During the Jewish Holidays?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

To avoid the issue during the holidays would be a tremendous mistake. While rabbis need not take a for-or-against position on the Iran deal, to not address it would be to forfeit our role as Jewish leaders. Here's why.

Human Rights for Farmworkers: Coming to a Grocery Aisle Near You

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Human rights are coming to tomato aisles across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Ahold USA -- the corporation behind such local grocery stores as Stop and Shop, Giant, and Martin's, has become the first major American supermarket to sign onto the Fair Food Program.

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

Educating Rabbis for Jews Without Borders

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

We came to appreciate how much our respective faith communities could benefit from more curiosity and less judgment about the correct "formula" for clergy education, and more shared conversations with those from other faiths.

Spock Was My Guy

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.30.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Spock was my guy: calm, rational, and funny in that understated way. He didn't bluster, he observed, and he solved problems with Hemingway-style grace under pressure. I admired that.

After Attacks, European Rabbis Train In Self-Defense

AP | KAREL JANICEK | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion

PRAGUE (AP) — Rabbis from European countries gathered in Prague Tuesday for training in self-defense and first aid in response to a wave of attacks ...

Selma's Missing Rabbi

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.21.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.

Scott Walker Jokes With Rabbis About 'Molotov' Gaffe

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take his "Molotov" gaffe in stride. Walker, speaking after a menorah-lighting cer...

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...

Fear of (Objects) Flying: When Feminism Divides the Jews Online

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Last week, three hotly trending topics in my Facebook feed related to feminism. The first was about a video of a woman walking around Manhattan to much objectification. The second pertained to a voyeuristic rabbi who had installed cameras in a D.C. mikvah. The third was about another Orthodox rabbi who resigned from the RBC in light of the recent mikvah scandal.

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.

5 Bad Storytelling Habits of Highly Annoying Rabbis

Jonathan S. Shapiro | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Jonathan S. Shapiro

To the learned men and women who lead the Jewish faith I would like to offer a simple message: Enough already. A frequent consumer of rabbinical sermons, I can say, with all due respect, that most of the time, the sermon bombs. And it is usually because of the same bad storytelling habits.

Western Rabbis Draw Congregants' Wrath By Discussing Israel, Gaza | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

With the war in Gaza still raging, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum offered an unusual prayer for peace last month during a Friday night service at the large pr...

It is Hard to Pray for Peace

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

There are so many rational reasons why I know peace is not something we can grasp, yet I still pray for peace.

Rabbis Have Feelings Too

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Ilana Garber

There has been so much pain for rabbis in the past few months, and I have to wonder if this pressure, fatigue, and pain is getting to everyone. Perhaps we need to learn better self-care.

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

Leaning In To The Presidency: Hillary, Sheryl And Me

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D.

Will Hillary Clinton take Sheryl Sandberg's advice and lean in? Will she announce her candidacy for president even as she awaits the birth of her first grandchild? Would we ask such a question of Bill? The answers are of more than passing interest to me.

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.

Gay Marriage or Civil Rights?

Leslie Handler | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Handler

Rabbi Yanklowitz states that we should "do what is right not what is popular." So is the rabbi the civil rights freedom fighter of the 1950's or is he the one in agreement with the movement in the 1970's?

7 Things Houses of Worship Can Learn From Tech Companies

Danny Groner | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Danny Groner

Evidence shows that, unlike those before them, young people are leaving religion behind in large numbers. I won't profess to have any level of expertise or understanding about what makes for a good clergy member, volunteer executive, or committee chair. Yet, I do believe that every leader should be asking how he or she can be doing his or her job more effectively and more efficiently.