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7 Things Houses of Worship Can Learn From Tech Companies

Danny Groner | Posted 03.17.2014 | 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.

Jews and Gun Violence: An Update

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Jews around the United States have had reignited (for lack of a better phrase) the prophetic aspect of their communal leadership. Rabbis are standing, walking, preaching, and lobbying with interfaith coalitions and political alliances to save live from the scourge of gun violence.

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

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...

These Singing Rabbi Brothers Will Give You Chills

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion

When you hear Charedi rabbi brothers, Aryeh and Gil Gat, perform "The Sound of Silence," you might feel as though you are being transported to another...

The Day All the Rabbis Delivered the Same Sermon

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 11.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

Rabbis all over the world work hard to make sure that their High Holy Days sermons are uniquely theirs and that they project their unique rabbinic voice to their community.

5 Rabbis Explain Jesus

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For every complex question, as H.L. Mencken once put, there is usually an answer that is "clear, simple and wrong." His observation rings true when it comes to a question I get at least once a week. What do Jews believe about Jesus?

Have A Little Faith

Ron Kronish | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

While Mitch Albom's "Have a Little Faith" is a book about two people of two very different faiths, it was written, as the author tells us at the beginning of the book, "in the hope that all faiths can find something universal in this story."

In Defense Of The 'Top Rabbis' List

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

Just before Passover, Newsweek/The Daily Beast set off a firestorm when it released its seventh annual list of "America's Top 50 Rabbis." Almost immediately, intense debate erupted.

'Django Unchained' And The Rabbis

Rabbi Doug Sagal | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Doug Sagal

The rabbis of old were interested in the why: Why was it necessary for the Israelites to develop their peoplehood in the crucible of slavery? "Django Unchained" is essentially Quentin Tarantino's exploration of exactly the same question.

Sex, Lies and Rabbinical Red-Tape

Ari Weisbrot | Posted 02.13.2013 | Crime
Ari Weisbrot

My childhood Rabbi stands accused of sexual abuse. As fun as that may sound, in the two hours since the news broke, it has spread like wildfire over ...

Campaigning Amid Sandy's Disaster Without Appearing Unseemly

The Huffington Post | Daniel Lippman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

With storm assessments declaring New Jersey the hardest-hit state by Hurricane Sandy, politicians face a delicate balance of staying in the public eye...

In Conference Call With Jewish Leaders, Romney Talks Economy, Iran -- Not Two-State Solution

The Huffington Post | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics

In a 20-minute conference call with rabbis and leaders from the Jewish community on Thursday evening, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney offe...

Leave Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis List In Mitzrayim

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Gartner

As Passover 2012 ends, let's finally break the bonds, and liberate ourselves from Top Rabbis lists. America has enough idols. Let's smash this one (the list, not the rabbis).

Why I Haven't Written For The Religion Section In Ages

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Maybe religion is about exploration and I am Magellan on a long voyage to stake my great straits. However, my journey has been far from great, or nice and straight.

LOOK: 3,000 Rabbis Say Cheese In Brooklyn

Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

Thousands of Jewish leaders from over 75 countries posed for a holy photo shoot at the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries ...

The Numbers Prove It, Now Let's Use It: Young Rabbis Love Israel

Scott Perlo | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

All of the pro-Israel, pro-peace activists and thinkers I know are under constant barrage of attempts to prove that they are faking their authentic and deep connection to Israel, that they are somehow the enemy itself.

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.

The Orthodox Rabbi Who Marries Gay Men to Lesbians

Cindy Rodriguez | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
Cindy Rodriguez

In the U.S., the debate about same-sex marriages has created a dividing line in the so-called culture wars, but in Jerusalem, where Orthodox Jews do not accept homosexuality, it feels like America, circa 1952.

It Gets Beautiful: One Rabbi's Perspective On Being Jewish And LGBTQ

Rabbi Andrea Myers | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Andrea Myers

The phrase "It Gets Better," essential as it is, leaves me wanting more. It shouldn't just get better. Colds get better. Life should get beautiful

Jews Who Tweet: Our Picks

Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion

More and more members of the world's faith communities are taking to the internet and social media in order to connect with fellow believers. Among th...

U.S. Rabbis Blast Israel Over Immigration Policy For Converts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM -- Nearly 100 American Orthodox rabbis have signed a letter demanding that the conversions they per...

400 Rabbis Can't Be Wrong

David_Brock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David_Brock

Glenn Beck has a habit of supporting his arguments by using the work of known anti-Semitic and white supremacist individuals. And now 400 rabbis are speaking up.

Only Moral Courage Will Make Rabbis Relevant

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

We all like to be loved. We all desire to be admired. But we Rabbis must resist the urge for mainstream approval and promote the interests of our people at whatever price and serve as lights unto the nations at whatever cost.

The End of the Rabbi As Mr. Nice Guy

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The days of the rabbi as a weighty moral conscience are behind us. The rabbi as irritant has been replaced with rabbi as ego-massager. The rabbi's the with-it guy with whom you watch the ball game. Yep, that's one swell guy, our rabbi.