Monthly Archives: May 2009

Quote of the Day

In the world of religion, smugness and self-assurance are usually risky. As Reform Judaism, Conservative Judaism and Mainline Protestant denominations have discovered, success in the present provides no guarantees for the future. If anything, saying Kaddish for other religious movements … Continue reading

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“Whether one opposes or supports gay marriage, one thing is certain: The heterosexual divorce rate is more than 50 percent, and it has been so well before gay rights ever came to the fore in this country. Sure, we can … Continue reading

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More Orthodox women rabbis?

The prospect of more women serving as Orthodox rabbis is just around the corner. A recent article in The Forward discusses the opening of a new yeshiva that plans to train women as Orthodox clergy. Interestingly, however, graduates will not … Continue reading

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From Holocaust to Human Rights

Tune in to C-SPAN on Sunday at noon [ET] for a discussion with Thomas Buergenthal, Auschwitz survivor-turned-judge at the International Court of Justice.  He’ll discuss his new book, A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy.  I … Continue reading

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What do young Jews want out of Jewish life?

A recent article posted on Synagogue 3000’s website discusses one of the most engaging (and successful) programs aimed at 20 & 30 Somethings. The article’s author, Rabbi Jeremy Morrison, conducted a whole new approach to ascertain the needs of young, unaffiliated … Continue reading

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Where have all the Jews gone?

A good friend of mine, Derek Leman, today posted an entry titled “Who let the Jews Out.” It is an excellent critique of the direction Messianic Judaism has taken in the last 10 to 15 years. His post has led … Continue reading

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The Great Shlemiel

In case you needed another reason to spit when you say “Bernie Madoff,” the New York Times reports today that Madoff’s investment fraud is threatening the livelihoods of Israeli musicians. The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, as it turns out, invested its … Continue reading

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I tend to find that people who have grown up in a home where mainstream Judaism was a part of their lives find messianic synagogues lacking in authentic (ie. not Googled) culture … [I]f a place is called a synagogue it … Continue reading

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What in the world made me assume that the poor are dumb? … [I realized that] at some level I was prejudiced with the assumption that poor people did not know what their problems are, if they did know about their … Continue reading

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First African-American woman rabbi should challenge us

On June 6th, Alysa Stanton will become the first African-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi and will lead a congregation in North Carolina. Stanton, a convert to Judaism, is a mother to an adopted 14 year old daughter and … Continue reading

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