ArticleHanukkah and Christmas: Light Within Darkness
This holiday season in particular, the light that seems to be entering the hearts of the faithful is one and the same—the light of tolerance, respect, and celebration of each other's paths.
Following Ruth….But You Eat Ham, Right?
So, my mom called me the other day. The conversation unfolded like this: Mom: “Hey, I have a question for you.” “Okay.” “Do you eat ham? ” My mind immediately jumped to my inner desire to go vegan. How’d she know? I backtracked…better ask why. Me: “Um yeah, I eat ham. The kids like it [Read More...]
ON Scripture - The TorahJoseph and Mandela: Exemplars of Reconciliation (Vayehi, Genesis 47:28-50:26)
By Rabbi Toba Spitzer The Torah portion of Vayehi brings to a close the story of Joseph and his brothers—the longest and most detailed of the family sagas in the book of Genesis. Reading this complicated narrative of family tension, cruelty, and ultimate reconciliation in the same week that the world mourns the death of [Read More...]
The Velvet KippahThe Unkindest Cut: Anti-Semitism Comes Roaring Back
Renascent anti-Semitism is a global -- not local -- phenomenon.
Torah from the SquareBenediction at 2013 Colorado 9/11 Memorial
The following is the benediction I offered at the 2013 Colorado 9/11 Memorial presented at the Newman Center at the University of Denver: Twelve years ago. Twelve years ago the unthinkable happened. Twelve years ago our world was forever changed as nearly 3,000 people; men, women and children, perished on that clear September day. We [Read More...]