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Tikkun Olam

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.

Light Up The Night: Hanukkah Wisdom And 8 Organizations That Shine Light In The Darkness

Eitan Press | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

We are living in times of darkness, where change seems impossible. But there are small groups of people who are working to make a difference.

Who Are The Punk Jews?

Saul Sudin | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Saul Sudin

Today, the communal lifestyles of Jews are evolving and changing unlike anything in the last several centuries. Many synagogues and community centers are scrambling to figure out how to connect to a younger generation that is more transient and globally minded than ever before.

Sandy: A Spiritual, Scriptural Response

Ari Hart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ari Hart

This week I had the great privilege of joining New Yorkers of every stripe to come together and address the profound, human needs left by Hurricane Sandy's aftermath. As we carried supplies to stranded residents, I carried with me images from this week's Torah portion.

Hurricane Sandy, Google And A Message From The Whirlwind

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Between phone calls with colleagues, photos and new reports, and live Twitter and Facebook feeds, I felt I had entered the fourth dimension and was personally in the heart of Sandy's path as it thundered up the coast and pounded the northeast. But I wasn't.

Who Is A Jew? Standing Before God Before The Days Of Awe

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer

In the Jewish world, this time of year feels like kibbutz galuyot -- an ingathering of the exiles. As the Days of Awe beckon, so many of us become restless and uneasy about our Jewish selves.

December Days

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Now is one of the best periods of my life. I'm harvesting so much of what I sowed in the world. And yet, when I look in the mirror before I put on my public face, I view this slightly stooped old man with wrinkles.

The Moral Excellence Of The State Of Israel

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

We have many flaws as well, but the modern state of Israel should hold its head high. Despite its craven detractors, it remains on mission as "a light unto the nations."

Calling For Justice In Sudan

Rabbi David Saperstein | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Saperstein

I was proud to be among those activists arrested this morning for civil disobedience in the name of social justice. We came together today with hearts both somber and spirited.

LGBT Discrimination And The Promise Of Tikkun Olam

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.15.2012 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have a hope. I hope we can all join together as allies to counter the misunderstanding, marginalization and oppression so we can make real the true potential of "Never Again."

Supply And Demand Isn't Enough

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Biblical Israel aspired to attain a vision in which all people were recognized as reflections of God's image -- each person of equal worth and dignity.

U.K. Chief Rabbi Shares Lessons In Leadership At Chabad Conference

Baila Olidort | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Baila Olidort

"In the silence of our souls we can hear what the Rebbe would be saying to us now: 'You think you've done enough? There is always more of the mountain to climb.'"

Occupy Genesis: Rewinding The Torah, Repairing The World

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The story of creation begins again this week in synagogues around the world. This annual cosmic rewind gives each of us a chance to deepen our thinking about the stories we heard as children.

Meatless Monday: The Earth Is An Apple

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Have an apple. Have two. Because this week, we get not one but two holiday opportunities to make the world a better place.

Building Bridges Of Freedom: The Interfaith Movement To End Slavery

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Fighting slavery cuts across political lines. It represents a moral consensus: Slavery is wrong, and we should not benefit from unpaid labor.

What About MY Special Needs Child?

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Mental illness is something that we often overlook as a "special need," but there's a need for more offerings within the Jewish community for kids who suffer from anxiety, depression and OCD.

Retributive Justice And Restorative Justice

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

There is a difference been retributive justice, which gives us a primal sense of pleasure, and restorative justice, which is about our responsibilities as we try move forward.

Is The Prophet Elijah Homeless?

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The Messiah will come when we stop building gatehouses and start opening our doors. Redemption will come when the questions about homelessness are not left to a dedicated few.

Repairing the World One Garden at a Time

Robyn Carolyn Price | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Robyn Carolyn Price

The word "etgar" means "challenge" in Hebrew and Billy Planer's challenge to his students is to "get involved politically and socially to create change in the world."

10 Teachings On Judaism And The Environment

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

By putting God at the center of life, we see the sacred in everything and the natural world becomes a source of wonder and not only a resource for our use and abuse.

Why We (Still) Can't Wait For Economic Justice

Brad Lander | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Brad Lander

That we are made in the divine image is at the center of the Judaism's essential commitment to guaranteeing basic human dignity. One undeniable expression of this is a living wage.

Brooklyn Bar Mitzvah Teen Pays it Forward All the way to Japan

Linda Cronin-Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Linda Cronin-Gross

For those of you who do not know, every Bar or Bat Mitzvah child is obligated to undertake a project to do Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for "repairing the world."

How Will You Show Some Love? Reinventing Valentine's Day

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

It's certainly a special thing when we pause to appreciate our loved ones. But perhaps we can raise our game in 2011 and do a bit more on this date.

Why Jews Around the World Are Praying for the Victory of the Egyptian Uprising

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Michael Lerner

It is impossible for Jews to forget our heritage as victims of another Egyptian tyrant -- the Pharoah whose reliance on brute force was overthrown when the Israelite slaves managed to escape from Egypt some 3,000 years ago.