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Scott Walker Jokes With Rabbis About 'Molotov' Gaffe

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take his "Molotov" gaffe in stride. Walker, speaking after a menorah-lighting cer...

Innovative Rabbi Invents Home Intercom for 21st Century

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.13.2014 | Small Business
Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jonathan Frankel had no problem getting through rabbinical school at Yeshiva University or law school at Harvard. It was keeping track of his th...

Fear of (Objects) Flying: When Feminism Divides the Jews Online

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Last week, three hotly trending topics in my Facebook feed related to feminism. The first was about a video of a woman walking around Manhattan to much objectification. The second pertained to a voyeuristic rabbi who had installed cameras in a D.C. mikvah. The third was about another Orthodox rabbi who resigned from the RBC in light of the recent mikvah scandal.

3 Reasons Clergy Matter Now More Than Ever

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

We matter because we can transmit truths and practices that bring meaning to life. Those truths often stand in contrast to the conventions of the larger culture. In fact, religion at its best teaches ideals and practices that are counter-cultural.

5 Bad Storytelling Habits of Highly Annoying Rabbis

Jonathan S. Shapiro | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Jonathan S. Shapiro

To the learned men and women who lead the Jewish faith I would like to offer a simple message: Enough already. A frequent consumer of rabbinical sermons, I can say, with all due respect, that most of the time, the sermon bombs. And it is usually because of the same bad storytelling habits.

Western Rabbis Draw Congregants' Wrath By Discussing Israel, Gaza

www.nytimes.com | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

With the war in Gaza still raging, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum offered an unusual prayer for peace last month during a Friday night service at the large pr...

It is Hard to Pray for Peace

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

There are so many rational reasons why I know peace is not something we can grasp, yet I still pray for peace.

Rabbis Have Feelings Too

Rabbi Ilana Garber | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Ilana Garber

There has been so much pain for rabbis in the past few months, and I have to wonder if this pressure, fatigue, and pain is getting to everyone. Perhaps we need to learn better self-care.

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

Leaning In To The Presidency: Hillary, Sheryl And Me

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D.

Will Hillary Clinton take Sheryl Sandberg's advice and lean in? Will she announce her candidacy for president even as she awaits the birth of her first grandchild? Would we ask such a question of Bill? The answers are of more than passing interest to me.

A Rabbi's Heart Beats Again

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

In a nondescript hotel room in Texas, surrounded by rabbis who are black and white, old and young, straight and gay, women and men, layers of hidden, accumulated spiritual scar tissue burst apart and revealed my own wounded heart.

Gay Marriage or Civil Rights?

Leslie Handler | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Leslie Handler

Rabbi Yanklowitz states that we should "do what is right not what is popular." So is the rabbi the civil rights freedom fighter of the 1950's or is he the one in agreement with the movement in the 1970's?

7 Things Houses of Worship Can Learn From Tech Companies

Danny Groner | Posted 05.17.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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...