Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, a senior fellow of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), and author of Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (2013), is someone I deeply respect. However, his latest Opinion essay (“Limiting Debate on Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” The Jewish Week, Feb. 4) is a perspective that, if acted upon, has the potential to actually hurt our community.
Food is love, at least according to many observers of Jewish life. Whether or not food really is synonymous with love, having it or not having it is a very big deal in our tradition. And as the issue of hunger takes a place on our nation’s stage to the tune of billions of dollars, that is something to which we might all pay more than a bit of attention.
On the surface the major findings of the just-released National Study of American Jewish Giving are encouraging, indicating that Jews have one of the highest levels of charity of any group in America, contributing generously to both Jewish and non-Jewish causes.
Groundbreaking mobile GPS game brings New York Jewish history to the iPad generation.
On a warm Sunday morning last month in Washington Square Park, parents were leisurely pushing strollers, sunbathers were strewn about on the grass, and people of all ages were lounging on the wooden benches and sipping coffee.
Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, effective the end of February, and there are many ways to think about the significance of the event, including both the challenges and the opportunities in Catholic-Jewish relations that may come in the wake of his resignation.
There’s a holiness in the world.
“We’ve been disconnected from the idea of it, particularly from the idea that there are holy leaders,” says Rabbi Irwin Kula, referring to the “we” who believe in modernity as much, if not more, than Scripture itself. But this is the season, nestled within the Days of Awe, the chill of Ecclesiastes, the frequency of Yizkor, when even the most modern of souls feels autumnal, humbled by the absence of certitude rather than emboldened by certitude’s absence, as skeptics of religion often are.