Judaism

The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP)

How do you inspire young Jewish leaders? Video blogger Aaron Herman takes a look at the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP).

The Intricacies Of Forbidden Speech

04/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:13 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20
Havdalah: 8:15 p.m.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Finding Religion Online

Ever since the old AmericaOnline, people have used the Internet as a way to learn more about religion and to engage with likeminded co-religionists. The Senior Religion Editor of Huffington Post, Paul Raushenbush, published an interesting article about the search for religion on the Web. He writes that "Religion is one of the hottest areas of the Internet because religion is one of the most intense and contested arenas of human relations and ideas." He's right.

The Web is the first place many people look to learn more about religion

Making The Ordinary Sacred

10/19/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

With the completion of the cycle of holidays that ushered in the new Jewish calendar year, one could almost hear the audible sigh of relief from all quarters of the Jewish community. No more sick days that need to be depleted, no more classes that need to be missed, no more relentless assault of unending, overwhelming holiday meals…we’ve been ready for this for a long time, and it feels awfully good to have reached the holiday-less month of Heshvan.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

The Covenant

What does it take to be a Mohel? We spoke with Rabbi Paysach Krohn internationally renown  Mohel about the intricacies in becoming a Mohel and preforming a bris.

One Searcher’s Highway To Heaven

Jewish ‘agnostic by default’ spends a year looking for God in many unfamiliar places.

08/14/2012
Staff Writer

Silver Spring, Md. — If, as President Kennedy famously said, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step,” Eric Weiner’s journey of tens of thousands of miles began with a single question.

A “determined traveler,” Weiner journeyed around the world in his search for God.

Coming Home, Moving On

Joshua Henkin’s latest novel focuses on a family reunion in the Berkshires, filled with memories and surprises.

07/31/2012
Book Critic

The summer house in Lenox, Massachusetts where Joshua Henkin’s accomplished new novel is set has a tennis court out back, a garden, and, on its interior walls, street maps of Paris, Kathe Kollwitz etchings and faded portraits of great-grandparents. Family history also spills out of closets, with sports equipment of earlier eras, a never-worn wedding dress (the engagement was broken), outgrown sneakers and spare flip-flops.

Joshua Henkin’s “group book” centers around three days in the life of a Jewish family.  Matthew Polis

Are You There God? It’s Us, The Jews

Can religion, especially Judaism, work if you don’t believe in the Big Guy upstairs?

04/10/2012
Staff Writer

The latest turn in the New Atheist debates can be summed up like this: even if you don’t believe in God, religion still has a lot to offer. Public intellectuals like Alain de Botton and James Gray in Britain, and scientists like E.O. Wilson and Jonathan Haidt in America, all of them atheists, have made a similar case in their recent books and essays.

Photo Credit: Daniel Addison

Is Judaism A Religion Or A Culture?

Conference on Moses Mendelssohn, new book fuel debate on thorny issues of faith, identity.

08/30/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

The case for a new, fuller understanding of what defines Judaism.

As any Jew knows, trying to define what it means to be Jewish is difficult, if not impossible. Yet still we try: over the past two decades, the number of American Jews who define themselves as secular has nearly doubled; in Israel, a country founded on secular and nationalistic notions of Judaism, the religious population has risen dramatically. Fifty-eight percent of Israeli Jews now consider themselves either traditional or religious, while just 42 percent say they’re secular.

Leora Batnitzky

Can You Twitter Judaism?

Is Twitter a good medium for Judaism? Two articles were recently posted on the Web that took opposing viewpoints on this question.

Can Judaism be taught or sold through the medium of Twitter?
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