Sunday, May 3, 2015 Iyyar 14, 5775

By:
Rabbi Eric Yanoff
As a rabbi, I would say that a good part of my job, at this point in Jewish history, is just to get people to enjoy being Jewish. And part of my strategy of getting more people to like Judaism is defining our community broadly enough to make people feel included. I spend most of my time figuring out ways...
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Forty-five years after the start of the June 1967 Six-Day War, when the survival of the nascent Jewish state hung in the balance, Israel continues to face more than its share of political, diplomatic and security challenges. But one piece of good news emerged this week with regard to an issue that speaks to the character of the Jewish state:...
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By:
Rabbi Todd Zeff
When we look to the Torah for guidance in handling challenges in our modern world, our eyes do not usually fall on the agricultural laws detailed in the recent weekly parshah, or Torah portion. But in its teaching of the Jewish laws of the Jubilee year, the Torah offers both a model and an imperative that can help us re-envision...
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By:
Rabbi Yochonon Goldman
If you've ever planned an event, you know how many details go into bringing your crowd together. Take a wedding, for example, where many months of logistics are involved. Now imagine a wedding where the guest list is in the millions. No ballroom was big enough, so they did it in the open desert. G-d, as the groom, proposed the...
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By:
Dana Evan Kaplan
Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained earlier this month at Temple Emanu-El in New York. The key word here is "ordained." Since the cantorial school was established at HUC in 1948, cantors have been invested rather than ordained. The difference, as JTA put it, was more than "a word." It...
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