Sailing Up The River Of Time: Transitioning To The New Year

During the High Holiday Season (October 2-12,) we picture God as weighing the merits and misdeeds of individuals and nations on a Celestial Scale. For more than two thousand years, we have implored our Creator for mercy, even if the scale tips towards the “guilty” verdict. 

Since my 1976 visit to the banks of the Mississippi, another image appears during this season: a boat sailing upstream through river locks.

Rabbi Michael Levy

An Old Subject, A New Beat: Daniel Silverstein, 35

05/31/2015 - 20:00

When Daniel Silverstein was growing up in London, he wrote poetry. He also sang.

He eventually combined those skills in his unique style of rap and hip-hop poetry. “My rebbe,” he said, “was Bob Dylan.”

Daniel Silverstein

Reaching Out To Russian-Speaking Jews: Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt, 23 Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt, 27

05/31/2015 - 20:00

Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt does most of her outreach to the Russian-speaking Jewish community through the printed word, publishing articles about émigré life and Jewish feminist issues for media outlets including the New York Times, Haaretz, Tablet and the Forward. She also teaches Torah classes.

Avital Chizhik Goldschmidt, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt

Sion Setton, 29


Traveling Teacher

05/28/2015 (All day)

In July, Rabbi Sion Setton and his wife of two years, Mijal Bitton, plan to fly to Istanbul to offer four Torah classes to the city’s Jewish community. This will be Setton’s fifth visit since 2008 to Istanbul, where he offers the city’s 18,000 Jews classes about their Sephardic heritage.

Sion Setton

Religion and Social Media

With about a billion users between Facebook and Twitter alone, more topics than just Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are being discussed on social media networks today. Religion is certainly one of them.

More users report using social media for religious purposes

Is Facebook Chametz?

Crossposted to Blog.RabbiJason

Is Facebook kosher? If so, is it kosher for Passover? I'm not posing the question of whether it is acceptable to log on to Facebook on the first and last days of Passover, when observant Jews refrain from using computers or the Web.  Rather, is Facebook activity allowed at all during the Jewish Spring festival?

 Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit
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