Judaism Next: Rabbi Rami's Guide to JudaismWhy Be Jewish?
Dear Rabbi, What response might I give to Bar or Bat Mitzvah aged children who ask why they should bother being Jewish at all? The first thing is to answer this question for yourself. Why are you Jewish? The answer may be as uninspiring as “my mother is Jewish” or as supernatural as “God chose [Read More...]
The Worthington PostSweet Baby Jesus Frog
So I took the youngest school supply shopping, and afterwards we went to Sweet Frog. My head was down, as I was thinking hard about whether I should put more chocolate sprinkles on my frozen yogurt. (Answer: Of COURSE I should…) I look up to see a sweet teenaged girl chirping at me from behind [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...]