Judaism Next: Rabbi Rami's Guide to JudaismOpponents Not Enemies
Having my heart broken over the latest in what I suspect is an on-going string of wars between Israelis and Palestinians, and watching as this struggle claims the rational minds of my neighbors in Middle Tennessee, I wrote the following petition and invited Jewish, Christian, and Muslim clergy to sign it. The result was printed in [Read More...]
The Worthington PostThe Five Stages (of Going to the Bathroom in the Middle of the Night)
This has become my life at night. Whether it’s because I am 45, or because I’ve had three pregnancies and birthed three kids, or both, 3 a.m. has become my enemy. Apologies to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. DENIAL – This takes the form of, “I don’t REALLY have to go. I can make it a few more [Read More...]
Following RuthBeing a bit more like Thumper…
A week or so ago my Rabbi sent a newsletter about “being like Thumper”. You know, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” I’ve been thinking a bit about it lately, especially in light of my [forever ongoing] legal drama. I’ve been thinking about the posts I’ve written. I’ve been honest, [Read More...]
ON Scripture - The TorahThe 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"Choose Life": Beware Belgium's New Euthanasia Law
We must reject the Belgian model, and reiterate the timeless truth that human life has infinite value. We should not, in the name of compassion, become active dealers of death.
Second City TorahBetween The Parts: The Liminal Space Between Continuity and Assimilation
In the great epic story of humanity there has always been the forces that compel us to assimilate amongst each other and those that urge us to maintain our differences and to hold up the uniquenesses within the human family. The desire to blend in is strong and indeed is admirable. The unity afforded by [Read More...]