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Deaf Russian Jewish Group Experiences Israel for First Time

Anav Silverman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Anav Silverman

It was an unusual sight on Friday night at Judaism's most sacred site, the Western Wall. Near the blue-and-white Israeli flag, waving over the multitudes of Sabbath prayer-goers, a group of young adults were holding hands and dancing -- in complete silence.

PHOTOS: The Most Rabbis In One Place We've Ever Seen

Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion

A lot of rabbis had a meeting this weekend. And we mean A LOT. Over 4,500 rabbis gathered in Brooklyn this weekend for the Annual Internatio...

Pew: Jews of No Religion

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 12.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

Many Jewish leaders today are not necessarily aware of this deeper dimension of Judaism. If exponents of Judaism are unaware of the spiritual underpinnings of the ritual and tradition, how can we expect a generation like the Millennials to be spirituality inspired by religion?

Jews Without God

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Isabel Kaplan

My Jewish identity is complex, to be sure, and it defies easy categorization. But I don't think it's contradictory, or problematic.

Yom Kippur Sermon 5774

Rabbi Chaim Miller | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Chaim Miller

Wwhen life throws us misfortune, G-d forbid, it's just a wrong turn. We have to believe we will get there in the end, and not to lose sight of the destination, a happy, fulfilled life.

NBC Deceptively Edits Rabbi on Sexual Abuse, Ignoring Lessons From Zimmerman Scandal

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 08.26.2013 | Media
Eliyahu Federman

NBC's malicious editing is not limited to portraying a one-sided view of politics and race but also religion. This past weekend NBC Rock Center aired an interview of Avraham Berkowitz. Rather than modify their narrative, NBC edited the interview and used the rabbi's words in a context that grossly distorted his views.

Justice?

Chaim Levin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Just under 10 years ago, I came forward with a secret that haunted the majority of my life. A secret that I once swore I'd never tell anyone, it ate at the fiber of my soul every single second of every day. Now, I am proud of myself for doing what I once believed I'd never be able to do.

Are We Afraid Of Talking About G-d?

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Most of us consider G-d a four letter word. Something to be avoided at all costs, lest we be associated with the crazies and the terrorists and the preachers. When I started my journey into becoming a religious Jew, I figured this was finally going to change. It didn't.

Life, Death And Cheesecake: The Truth About Shavuot

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

You would think people would get excited about mass prophecy, but alas, there's no denying: Passover, the holiday of the Exodus, is way more popular than Shavuos, when we received the Torah. Why is it that we are more attracted to drama than to enlightenment? The solution is cheesecake.

Do Synagogue Movements Know What They Really Sell?

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

The current focus of many synagogues on maintaining and acquiring new members suggests a narrow message -- namely, that someone is joining an organization that they can easily "unjoin."

Heeding The Call: Purim And Developing A Sense Of Hearing In Life

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

We ought to never become oblivious to all that which life has to offer. And we ought to remember that the blessings of life emerge precisely when we learn to synchronize what we want from life with what life wants from us. Herein lies the secret to a life of purpose and meaningful achievements.

Jewish Group Rejects Putin's Offer On Historic Collection

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON — A U.S.-based Jewish group Thursday rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin's suggestion to house disputed historical collections ...

Bim, The Boy From Beit Chabad

Baila Olidort | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Baila Olidort

Bim arrived at the Chabad House last year, naked but for a plastic bag that he used for some cover. One of hundreds of children exploited for profit on Kathmandu's dangerous streets, he fixed his eyes on a rabbinical student, and asked for help. He wouldn't leave until the student brought him back to Chabad.

Censoring Sexual Abuse Language Under The Guise Of Religious Modesty

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Religious standards of modesty govern behavior in normal, healthy interactions -- and should never be an excuse to censor educating the public on the dangers of sexual abuse.

What, Indeed, Was Manis Friedman Thinking?

Chaim Levin | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

As a survivor of chronic, violent sexual abuse, I found Rabbi Friedman's statements ill informed, insensitive and deeply offensive, shunting the formidable struggles of survivors of such deeply damaging crimes. It is time for community members to demand answers and support survivors.

Can A Jew Find Truth In India?

Elad Nehorai | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

We live in this world that tells us: If you have problems, the answer is outside of you. If you're looking for truth, it exists somewhere else. If you want to grow, you need to leave your hometown, your community, your world. And that was the compulsion I had throughout college.

Aaron Swartz And The Pursuit Of Knowledge

Baila Olidort | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Baila Olidort

Aaron Hillel Swartz, the "old, wise soul" whose life came to a tragic end on a recent Friday morning, intuitively valued teaching and the sharing of knowledge as a fundamental human responsibility.

After Sandy Hook, Bringing Heaven Down To Earth

Tzipah Wertheimer | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Tzipah Wertheimer

The issues haven't changed: guns, mental health, memories of the victims. All of these issues require action. If you're looking for something you can do today, the statement from the Pozner family of Newtown, who lost their son Noah, speaks volumes.

Sports, Hanukkah and Greek Culture

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

The Miami Heat hosted a Jewish heritage night at the basketball team's Dec. 12 game at American Airlines Arena, with tens of thousands in attendance. How odd, I thought, to celebrate Hanukkah in a sports arena, given that the concept of sports is emblematic of Greek culture.

What Give Gelt On Hanukkah?

Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer

Why have Jews traditionally given money to our children on Hanukkah? While it is now commonplace to also give gifts, the original tradition remains to give gelt.

Jewish Mysticism Illustrated

Sarah Lehat | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Sarah Lehat

Today, the 19th day of the Hebrew month Kislev, is widely celebrated as the anniversary of the Alter Rebbe's release from prison by the Czar Paul I of Russia in 1798. Elanit Kayne, a contemporary artist, has evolved an iconography of the Tanya, the Alter Rebbe's famous book.

Painting On Chabad Facebook Page Sparks Charges Of Racism

Menachem Wecker | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

The question of how appropriate the work is, and whether it belongs on Chabad's official Facebook page, may literally be out of the artist's and Chabad's hands at this point.

Swedish Court Rules In Favor Of Chabad Representatives

Baila Olidort | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Baila Olidort

Chabad-Lubavitch representatives to Gothenburg, Sweden have a right to educate their children in accordance with their religious faith. The unanimous decision of the appellate court followed the Namdars' complaints against city authorities fining them for homeschooling their children.

Yom Kippur In Kuala Lumpur: A Jewish Girl's Guide To Repenting In A Muslim Country

April Rudin | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
April Rudin

Soon, I will be landing in Kuala Lumpur and settling into my hotel room to observe the holiest of Jewish days while amongst the Islamic people. I am looking forward to the adventure.

5 Tips For A Better Yom Kippur

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 11.23.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

I've attended Yom Kippur services as a congregant for many years, and I've also conducted Yom Kippur services when serving as a pulpit rabbi for several years. From both ends I can tell you: Yom Kippur can be rough.