Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

10/05/2011 | | Opinion

I was fortunate to be invited as one of 50 participants in a two-day retreat last month called “The Conversation.” Sponsored by The Jewish Week, the program is an annual opportunity for a diverse group of Jews from across the country to come together to dialogue about Jewish issues in a comfortable and casual environment.  There is no agenda other than to stimulate communication and create bonds between segments of the Jewish community that are not always in contact or in concert.

10/05/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who creates numerous living things with their deficiencies.

 -— Borei Nefashot, the blessing after food and drink

 “I can’t really pray,” an old friend wrote this week in an e-mail. “My efforts to forgive and ask forgiveness, such as they are, have been less than heartfelt. This has not been a successful Elul.”

10/04/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I’m a Russian Jew. I was born and raised in New York City. I am proud to be an American. But somehow, I am still a Russian Jew. 

My family hasn’t been back to the former Soviet Union since they left in search of a better Jewish life, some 40 years ago. I’d never been there at all, until this summer.

10/04/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I recently took a walk in the woods with two women, one 20 years older than I am, the other 40 years older, to discuss the challenges of aging. We paused when we saw white-tailed deer hop-freeze beside us in the thicket. We shared stories about women in our lives, and how they navigated the aging process. We talked about our own changing bodies, changing minds, changing children, changing communities. We turned our faces towards the sunshine and stopped in our tracks when someone shared a particularly resonant insight, as we let it wash over us.

09/27/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

God: (Genesis 22:2, as read on Rosh HaShanah) “Take your child, your only child, that you love so dearly, and offer him to Me as a sacrifice.”

09/27/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The holidays are late this year.” We hear that expression often, especially when Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur fall after mid-September. But what does that expression mean? What can it tell us about who we are as American Jews, and how can it help us find what we need from our tradition?
For starters, how can Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur be “late?” They always come on the same two dates — the 1st and the 10th of Tishrei. Of course, that is according to only one of the calendars on which most of us rely.