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Liturgy: Dead or Living?

*A Radical Repost from 2009 In response to our last post on Jewish prayer , Kari, a reader, observed that a large part of our movement carries tremendous baggage on the subject, and many people seem to recoil at the … Continue reading

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A Thought about Halachah

If Messianic Judaism claims to be a Judaism within the wider Jewish Community, than it behooves us to consider the place of halachah in our midst. Messianic Judaism is more than just a form of “Biblical Judaism.” To make such a … Continue reading

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Babies, bellies, and getting Jews in the pews

*A Radical Repost (Because the first time around just wasn’t good enough! ) Derek Leman kicked off a discussion “on the human need (or lack thereof) for congregation.” It got me thinking, once again, about the purpose of Jewish community, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi

In honor of my husband, who’s a pretty great rabbi, I offer Synablog’s Letterman-style “Top Ten Ways to be a Great Rabbi.” Number 10: Know your stuff. Be a student of Jewish texts, of Jewish history, of Jewish peoplehood. Number … Continue reading

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A Talmudic Highlight

Scroll of tractate Hullin, Babylonian Talmud (CUL T–S MISC. 26.53.17), acknowledgment to Dr. S.C. Reif, Director of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at the Cambridge University Library, and the Syndics of the Library. Did you know the Talmud was once … Continue reading

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Read this Book!

On the recommendation of our friend, Yahnatan Lasko, I’ve been devouring the book Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews can Transform the American Synagogue by Rabbi Sidney Schwarz. Reflecting insights gleaned from the late 90s, the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“[M]ost Jews today do not know what I know, have not been brought up as I have, have different sensibilities than I do, and (as a consequence) think altogether differently about prayer in general. We have three options. 1. We … Continue reading

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[I]f vision isn’t at the heart of one’s rabbinate, then the rabbi runs the risk of becoming mediator of fragmented interest groups. – Rabbi Hayim Herring

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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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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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