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Judaism Next: Rabbi Rami's Guide to Judaism

Twelve Essential Questions

The Central Conference of American Rabbis Press has recently published a book, Lights in the Forest, asking a host of rabbis to answer twelve “essential questions” regarding Judaism and Jewish life. They didn’t ask me, but that won’t keep me from answering their questions anyway. I am posting this as a summary of sorts of [Read More...]

The Worthington Post

Weight Just a Minute…

Hi, people  - Boy, I am EXHAUSTED from all the posts I didn’t do for National Blog Post Month! It almost makes me feel like I haven’t accomplished anything since I last hit publish on November 23rd, or whatever that last date was…but I assure you – that is not the case. For example, I [Read More...]

Following Ruth

Making 2015 Better

I am just two weeks past the official time to make New Year’s Resolutions and already so much has happened. Around the world there are terrorist attacks and genocides. There are hungry people and lost airplanes. There is political unrest and unwarranted injustice. There is trouble everywhere. And here I am wondering how to continue my [Read More...]

ON Scripture - The Torah

The Numbers of Those Who Wandered in the Wilderness (Be-Midbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20)

It is time for Jews to hold fast to our Promised Land, but to admit to the other’s catastrophe. It is time to urge the Palestinians and the Israelis to return to the table to find a way to peace for two peoples, in two states. It is time to bring an end to the wandering in the wilderness.

The Velvet Kippah

Sharing the Wealth on Yom Kippur

At this time of war, tragedy, and global uncertainty, we share our spiritual bucket list with all who will listen.

Second City Torah

Please God, Help Us Bring About Your Third Temple: A Response to Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

My friend and colleague, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, has written a provocative personal essay in the form of a prayer questioning the necessity for the restoration of the Beit HaMikdash, The Temple and its Divine service. I do not question the sincerity of his questioning or of his convictions. He is a man of integrity and [Read More...]

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield: What's Wrong with the Texas Ten Commandments Resolution

Sacred Bodies of Water

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