The very first thing the Torah tells us about ourselves is that we are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. What would our lives be like if we built a Judaism around the physicality of the body?
Rabbi Kukla writes, “holiness and madness inspire awe” and asks how we can use this spiritual knowledge to approach care of the mentally ill.
Jewish mystics face a problem Hindus don’t have: if there are no distinctions in the absolute, then the religion of the relative, with its rules and prohibitions, suddenly becomes incoherent. If nothing else, Judaism is a religion of distinctions and lines, and if Ein Sof erases lines, it erases normative Judaism.
Of the three harvest festivals, Sukkot and Passover are weeklong. Why not Shavuot?
I had not eaten meat in 12 years. But I became convinced that meat could be an ethical choice for me–if I the animals were raised locally and sustainably, and if I slaughtered the animals myself, according to the values embodied in the Jewish laws of shechitah, kosher slaughter.
Rifqa Bary is an Ohio teen who ran away from home after converting to Christianity. Jews and Evangelicals banded together to save her from her Muslim family. They saw their effort as being part of a global struggle against Islam. What they were really fighting was multiculturalism. Phyllis Chesler, quoted in the article, responds.
Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schelling and Maimonides jostle with the Big Dipper and earthquakes, in an effort to decipher what it really means for us to say God is One.
The National Day of Prayer is supposed to celebrate America’s religious diversity. According to Rachel Tabachnick, the annual event has been hijacked by fundamentalists.
I am lesbian. I am a rabbi. I often fear, however, that if I embrace the identity of “Lesbian Rabbi” that people will make assumptions about my agenda that are untrue.
On Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Jews are not only encouraged to remember the victims of Nazism. We are also moved to recognize our shared humanity with others.
The biggest fear of male rabbis who refuse to share their authority with women like Sara Hurwitz is that they’ll cause the breakdown of the status quo. I hope they are correct.
Sh’ma and Zeek co-present Shaul Magid’s controversial thesis that American Judaism is dominated by three dogmas: pro-Israelism, the uniqueness of the Holocaust, and the war against intermarriage.
Zionism was once considered a Jewish demand for human rights. It was not, as it has been recast, an expression of Jewry’s divine rights.
President Obama’s seder reminds me of what makes our rehash of history so special.
Writing a children’s book is harder than writing one for adults, because adults often speak condescendingly to children. Discovering Jewish picture books in the public library showed me that there was another Talmud available.
Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu talks to Zeek about the future of Jewish Renewal and the legacy of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
This Lord of orderliness troubles me, maybe because I am a messy person. Keeping my meat dishes apart from my milk ones challenges my disorganized soul. And makes me wonder: is it God who wants an orderly world, or is it we who attribute order to God?
Christian Zionism is frequently conflated with two other equally racist brands of Protestantism: Christian Identity and British Israelism. While acknowledging their shared antipathy towards Jews, Bruce Wilson emphasizes that it is important to appreciate their differences.
Over the last four decades, Evangelicals infiltrated Zionist circles, convincing naïve Israelis and Jews that they were friends. Manipulating Jewish desire for respect and repentance, today, their support for Israel is considered indispensable. And, to a growing number of Jews, suspect.
I knew something was wrong when my son-in-law didn’t call. My daughter was in the birthing room, two weeks overdue.
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