Judaism

Each Of Us Has A Personal Relationship With God

09/02/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

 I cannot say that I have ever rejected God. There were some years in which I was not interested, and that, perhaps, is the greatest rejection of all (much more than hostility or lack of faith). But then the world seemed too small, too confined, far too senseless without Him: To me, He is the all-embracing, all-encompassing being, the great Mystery, the transcending reality that is above, beyond and behind all that exists.

The Power Of Jewish Camping

09/02/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

There was a Bar Mitzvah at a Ramah overnight camp a few weeks ago. That's not unheard of, but it's notable considering current debates on the role, worth and nature of Jewish education.

To My Cable Guy, Judaism Is A Premium Package

I’m not sure when the discussion shifted from the cost of adding HBO and Showtime to the spiritual meaning of Shabbat and kashrus. But it came toward the end of my discussion with the cable guy who came to my house today. I know it was after I told him that next week would be rough for scheduling an installation date because of Rosh HaShanah. But somewhere in the course of my switching from FiOS, the cable guy expressed interest in switching from Christianity.

Time To End The Reform-Orthodox Wars

08/30/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

With the renewed seasonal outbreak of the Reform-Orthodox wars, I cannot see myself as a mere bystander, inasmuch as the letter by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, is addressed to me, as an official town rabbi. (See).

Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg

Jewish Weddings on Shabbat: A Different View

08/26/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

My friend and colleague Rabbi Leon Morris has made a provocative call for a moratorium on weddings performed before the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening. He argues that such weddings undermine the sanctity of Shabbat and send the wrong message about the demands of Jewish commitment.

An Uneasy Visit to Germany

08/24/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

I stepped out of the airport onto the cobblestone road and gazed out onto the traffic crowding around me. People with their luggage running to get a taxi, tourists asking for directions, businessmen on the phone and lots of noise. I closed my eyes and opened them again. Why was I, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, standing in front of Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany?

Daniella Bondar

Rosh HaShanah 5771: A Taste of the New Year

New wines, boutique kosher chicken, summer bounty for fall holidays, non-traditional dessert options and new books as food for thought.
08/24/2010 - 20:00
Art by Debbie Richman

A God That Repents and Seeks Liberation?

08/22/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The month of Elul is a time in which we pause and reflect upon our past year to engage in teshuva (repentance). I often ask myself: Are we alone in our attempts to change and grow? The Talmud suggests that God actually engages in teshuva (Megillah 29a). Can this radical suggestion that God grows, evolves, adapts with the times, and experiences redemption pass as an authentic Jewish theology?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Going Down the Road Feeling Fine

08/19/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

(Santa Barbara, California) For a little over a week now, my wife and I, along with two other couples that we've been friends with for just about forty years, have been slowly working our way down the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where I will be officiating at a wedding.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Kiddush Clubs: A Destructive Force?

08/12/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A number of years back, I attended a kiddush club gathering in the basement of a synagogue. Right when the haftarah reading began, about 8 or 9 older men snuck out the back and in a small dark room in the basement opened multiple bottles of alcohol. They drank excessively until the sermon was over and then not so inconspicuously returned back for the final portion of the Shabbat morning service. Isn’t it fair for one to enjoy a nice scotch on their weekend, I wondered at the time?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
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