[Dateline: Purim] In the Diasporic world created by the Internet, in which multiple Jewish media camps have arisen to dispute the ethos of Jewish identity, a new, significant conflict has arisen over the number of ideas permissible for Jewish innovation.
Remembering a Holocaust survivor who became a Sisterhood Queen
Meeting other Jews may help provide a child with a sense of community. Being accepted as Jewish, by other Jews, however, is an entirely different story. It may have little to do with religion, and everything to do with class.
New to Kibbutz Hannaton in the Lower Galilee, I looked forward to buying mostly organic, locally grown and produced food. Finding it was harder than I thought.
When my cousin David asked if he could become a Scottish Calvinist, I felt like a member of the British Court that ruled on Jewish identity: Yes, I told him, you can become a Calvinist, but not a Scottish Calvinist–you need to separate genes from faith.
It’s difficult for parents to let a 16 year old daughter leave home. It helps to know she still walks under the same moon.
Naming babies is no easy task. When a Christian in-law decides to call her new son Cohen, what’s a Jew to think?
Have I made a lifetime of mistakes – during all my years as a teacher and educator? Have I mistaken Jacob for Esau?
What happens when you have a friend in Jesus, and you also happen to have a friend by the name of Jesus? Proselytized to by a devout Christian classmate, a Florida fourth grader is surprised to discover that they are indeed very different people.
After leaving Jerusalem for the countryside, Ner-David’s kids finally get their dog–and their mom learns that we humans truly are not alone on earth.
What do you do in the bathroom? TMI or a source of blessing?
What happens when you encourage children to unburden themselves, to dispense with the inhibitions and the fears that stifle their inner literary selves? Aaron Hamburger tells the story of two adolescent boys coming out to each other, however awkwardly, in a Midwestern Jewish elementary school.
A Jew at Christmas is like a gay prom date: there’s a lot of denial
I am a rabbi. My smicha is from an Orthodox rabbi in Jerusalem. I am also a member of Women of the Wall, and on the board of Rabbis for Human Rights. So why did I decide, last year, to pick up my family, leave Jerusalem, and move to a kibbutz?
What if two men, two lovers, in medieval Andalusia found themselves reflected in Torah?
After her dog dies, her daughter has surgery, and she gets sick, our columnist realizes that there are times when asking is as important as giving.
When sadness, loneliness, or other ‘shadow emotions’ arise, they often carry with them an illusory weight of permanence. The transitory experience of loneliness is not, in itself, unpleasant – but the thought that it will never pass is.
When I leave the Indianapolis airport and go through a tollbooth where “Santa Exit” is written across the top of the lane, it’s clear that I’ve exited one world and entered another.
Best known for her political writing in periodicals such as the Jerusalem Post, Tel Aviv resident Mya Guarnieri shifts gears, and confesses her love for…. pomegranate juice.
Psychologists tell us that children’s names affect how we treat them. Mystics assert that your name is your destiny. So, you know, there’s a lot at stake when you name your child. No wonder the enormity of it paralyzes me.
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