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Tech Tools for Bar Mitzvah Preparation in the Digital Age

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Scrolling through my Facebook feed a few weeks ago, I noticed that the young woman whose bat mitzvah I officiated just weeks after being ordained as a...

Why Must We Work To Undo Racism As Jews?

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann | Posted 10.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann

Because we are beyond sick at the number of young Black people killed by the police just this year. Because as white and non-white Jews, we want to oppose systems of oppression and injustice. So, white people, white Jews, what are we going to do?

Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Charleston newspaper on day after massacre featuring sticker with sale on guns and ammo. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and c...

Educating Rabbis for Jews Without Borders

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2016 | 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.

The End of Mourning: Closure on a Year of Remembrance

Howard Barbanel | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

The Ba'al Tefila (prayer leader) was old, probably in his 80s, his complexion wan, his hair snow white and thin, his posture stooped, but his voice was strong enough to reach every part of the large main sanctuary.

Fear and Loathing of the Religious, From Christians to Scientologists

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

What the hell has happened to religion? When did "all that is holy" translate into bigotry, fear, intolerance, and bullying rather than, say, "the love relationship between the creator God and created man" or "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life?"

Design With a Spiritual Connection: Michael Landau on Navigating the World of Synagogue Architecture

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Steve Mariotti

Designing synagogues is not exactly a growth industry--quite the opposite--but designer/architect Michael Landau has been doing it for 40 years, and isn't showing signs of slowing down.

The Cemetery

Stanley Ely | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

Rambling around narrow walkways, I say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz, Tootsie's parents, some Rothschilds and all the senior Levins -- plus, sadly, by now, a few of my own contemporaries. It's a place where I feel oddly at home.

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.

Want to End Campus Sexual Assault? Tackle the Primary Issue Being Ignored

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Until we're willing to deal with the fact that young people are sexual people who need more realistic, developmentally appropriate guidance when it comes to sexual expression and satisfaction, the situation is not going to change.

The 19 Most Stunning Sacred Places Around the World

minube | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel

From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.

LOOK: 50 Stunning Synagogues Will Knock Your Socks Off

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion

Take a look at these gorgeous synagogues and temples that span the globe from New York to Norway. While some offer traditional grandeur and others hav...

The Pew Survey of U.S. Jews: Ramifications and Recommendations

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

There are fewer Jews (except for the Orthodox). There are fewer Jews marrying Jews. There are fewer Jewish children. There are fewer Jews who affiliate with the Jewish community. There is fewer Jewish intensity.

How to Attract Young Adults: 7 Characteristics of Highly Successful Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

As fewer young people fill the pews of houses of worship, some congregations are trying innovative ways to halt the exodus of young adults from organized religion. But it is a massive challenge.

Social Media And Religion

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

As social media increasingly become part of our daily lives, people will find new ways to interact with religion and spirituality.

Lizzie Schiffman

Post-9/11, Chicago Jews And Muslims Team Up | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- When a Palestinian woman named Nazira saw people covered in soot and blood running onto the train during her commute in New York City on Se...

Thinking About Integrity

Laura Mola | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Mola

We can all be fair, especially when it suits us. We can all have ethics when we have nothing to lose. We can all be moral when it serves our interest.

Religion: When Democracy Becomes Hypocrisy

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donna Flagg

The combat, the hypocrisy, the grandstanding, the bravado, it's killing us. We are fighting over a piece of land and religion is once again at the heart of it.

Taking Saturdays Off: Turning Luxury Into Necessity

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

I'm going to experiment with assigning myself only two jobs on Saturday -- going to yoga and reading The New Yorker.

Will Friday Sermons Condemn Jihadist Plot to Blow Up New York Synagogues?

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

When Obama expands the limits of dialogue, the first red line he must draw is against the poison of state-sanctioned bigotry that is spawning not only hatred but criminal violence.