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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

Grandpa’s Stories

This is the second post in an interfaith series on remembrance of ancestors. I’ve partnered with Yvonne Aburrow, a Wiccan who writes for Sermons from the Mound, to explore remembrance traditions in each of our faiths. “In the year 1908, an octopus named Diogenes lived in a lake.” This is the first line in the first [Read More...]

Following Ruth

Being 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 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

Muslims and Jews: What Happens to the News That Doesn’t Fit the Story?

I read Matti Friedman’s article on Tablet published last month and was deeply intrigued. In fact, I read it several times because the picture he provides in the way news reporters craft a story happened to me not long before he published his piece. The article, “An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth,” [Read More...]

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

Sacred Bodies of Water

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