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Tikkun Olam

Stunning Instagram Photos Show How Jews Are 'Repairing The World'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion

Many Jews consider tikkun olam, or "repairing the world" to be a spiritual imperative -- a call to reach across religious boundaries and see...

15 Ways Being Jewish Is Meaningful

David Harris | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
David Harris

Surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity. How painfully sad! In response, and with the High Holy Days just around the corner, let me share what being Jewish means to me.

Efforts Initiated to Conduct First FDA Phase I Trial for ALS

April Rudin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
April Rudin

Although designated an "orphan disease" because it affects less than 200,000 Americans, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) saw millions of benefactors stand tall last year to douse themselves with ice water in support of a cure. The numbers were staggering.

Growing Up With the Holocaust as a Writer

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

As a youth I thought being the son of survivors was a burden, but I gratefully came to see it as a gift because it not only gave me a mission, it was the first subject that animated my writing. It's what helped me find my voice.

Why Some Synagogues Are Using Mission Trips To 'Heal The World'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian missionary work spans the globe. But Jewish mission trips? Your average American synagogue is not planning a congregatio...

Beyond Paris : What Now?

Karen Berg | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Karen Berg

Sunday's event in Paris in response to this reality was incredible and unprecedented: millions of people coming together in the name of unity. Perhaps its most important aspect was to show us that our world leaders can indeed walk hand-in-hand together in common cause.

A Letter to My Maternal Great-Grandparents Wolf and Bascha Mahler

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though I have never written to you, I have carried your image and felt your comforting presence ever since that first day when your son, Simon [Szymon] told me about you.

The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

Can We See All Earth as the Sacred Temple of Today?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How can we draw on the ancient wisdom of Biblical Israel as an indigenous people in sacred relationship with the Earth? How can we use this storehouse of wisdom toward helping heal all Humanity and Mother Earth today, from a crucial planetary crisis threatening the very life and health of all of us?

Committing to Change and Justice at Wendy's

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Why not join a proven solution to abuse in your supply chain? That's the question that T'ruah rabbis and others around the country have been asking over the past year.

Towards the Unity of the Human Family

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

We have a religious obligation to keep hope alive through interreligious dialogue. People all over the world live in despair and depression. We need to counter this with optimism and hope.

Jewish War Veteran's Uncommon Valor in Life Is More Important Than His Valor in Death

Steve Drizin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Steve Drizin

I was excited to read that on March 18, 2014, President Obama will award 24 war veterans the Medal of Honor, the country's highest commendation for gallantry.

120 Rabbis in Congressional Record: Toward Peace or War With Iran?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The Rabbinic Statement on Moving Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran (initiated by The Shalom Center) has been placed in the Congressional Record by ...

Mandela, the Jews, and the Future: WHICH Jews?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Nelson Mandela was not always committed to the path of nonviolence, peace, and reconciliation. He grew into that path. If we truly honor him, we should also be growing into that path.

Join 67 Rabbis: "Step by Step Toward Shalom With Iran"

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As of Tuesday morning, November 19, 56 additional Jewish clergy have joined with the original eleven signers of the Rabbinic Statement "Step by Step t...

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

DIY Sukkah

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Baruch Sterman, Ph.D.

The law that mandates "making" a sukkah means that it has to be a DIY project. I look around my sukkah and think of all that went into designing and building it, and its evolution over time.

Yom Kippur and the Spirit of Healing

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

The Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills has an unusual mission - to promote the spirit and teachings of Judaism through music, art, drama, dance and f...

A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy -- Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of good deeds, of tikkun olam or "repairing the world." Without doing our part to "repair the world," even in small ways, we have not fulfilled our responsibility.

A Tough Year for High Holy Days Inspiration

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

Whether there is war or not, I am asked to speak at interfaith gatherings about the meaning of these days, to be both academic and personal, to be an inspirational teacher and a storyteller of personal and family experiences. How can I do all that with a backdrop of impending war?

Getting to the Heart of Money

Susanna Bair | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
Susanna Bair

Money in and of itself is neutral. When we are selfish with it, money can bring out the worst in ourselves and others. To the contrary, when we are generous with it, when we put our hearts behind it, money can bring out the best.

The Jewish Approach To Welfare And Unemployment

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Judaism recognises that unemployment has a psychological as well as economic dimension. As a matter of religious principle, job creation must be at the centre of any long-term welfare policy. Human dignity requires no less.

Superheroes Get Religion, Or The Other Way Around?

S. Brent Plate | Posted 06.07.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

As we await the messianic Man of Steel in theaters this summer, we might recall the Jewish roots of messiahs, recall again the sacredness of the superhero, and wonder what exactly it is they need to save us from, save ourselves.

Passover: Disrupting My Consciousness

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Robert V. Taylor

To be free of a narrow consciousness is the invitation of Passover. I'm not Jewish, but the rituals and journey of Passover restore my balance and also disrupt my spiritual positioning system. It's about freedom from those things that constrain me from being fully alive.

Doing Good While Cleaning For Passover

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

Before you start emptying your cupboards and fridge directly into a garbage bag, consider the people who search through garbage bags like yours every day in search of scraps to ward off hunger.