For Jewish professionals, and particularly for lay people, engaging in the process of building unity amongst the divisions of k'lal Yisrael remains a formidable task.
For sermons, teaching and discussions "To Save One Life..." Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Sources on Orphans and Adoption
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Sources on Orphans and Adoption
Multicultural Hanukkah inspiration
"Hey Buddy!” Whenever I hear that term, so common coming from the lips of dads in my generation, I invariably pause to reflect on the Fifth Commandment which instructs children to honor their parents (“kibbud av va-em”).
I was merely expressing who I am through art, and how the many pieces of me — the Jew, the Chinese, the lesbian — come together and become one.
1 in 6 contemporary Jews are new to Judaism. How are we supposed to welcome these converts? Rabbi Juan Mejia, a convert himself, provides a modern reading of the biblical story of Ruth to find some guidance.
We must remember that our continuous desire for clarity and comfort amongst each other, and even those who are foreign to us is acquired through common ties, and universal morale, stating clearly, that even in Gondar, Ethiopia, we are in this together.
Out of all of the things I have learned (so far) in this capacity, the most compelling is that the fragility of life calls to the healthy to breathe deeply, laugh loudly. Let the sobriety of personal grit and ambition keep you sensitive to what life has in store for you.
In this week’s Torah portion we see the absence of Shalom as the greatest recipe for destruction.