(Spiritual) Party Like It's 5772

09/08/2011 - 20:00

 We asked our Top Jew teachers and rabbis for a few inspirational thoughts to prepare us for the 5772 holiday season. Below are the highlights from some of their classic comments.. Visit http://www.jinsider.com for the full interviews. Tell us what you think at connect@jinsider.com.


A Sweet New Year!

Passover Reflections and the Four Cups of Wine

04/13/2011 - 20:00

How can we better understand the lessons of Passover in the context of our experience as Jews in the 21st century? To do this, Rabbi Irwin Kula uses the four cups of wine to offer insights into the Exodus story and help us grasp our identity and obligations in this modern age. Your Passover seder may never be the same after reading this inspiring and thoughtful commentary.

Cup One: The Slaves

The Fifth Question

04/10/2011 - 20:00

Most people are familiar with the four questions of Passover (especially all those youngest siblings out there), but while we Ma Nishtanah the same way every year, the important questions facing Jews are constantly evolving. To keep up with the changing times, for this column we asked: What would be a good Fifth Question to make this year’s Passover different than all others?

Happy Passover from jinsider.com

Creative Judaism

03/23/2011 - 20:00
Newsweek recently ran a cover story on the crisis of creativity in America. To understand the Jewish perspective, JInsider asked Rabbi Yehuda Sarna to explain how our tradition promotes and fosters our creative self. Sarna has earned a following in the college community for his thoughtful leadership as Rabbi for the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU and University Chaplain.
The creativity crisis

The Purim To-Do List

03/13/2011 - 20:00

For Purim 5771, JInsider wanted to offer a list of traditions and customs to follow that will help connect to the holiday. We spoke with Rabbi DovBer Pinson and excerpted his recently published booklet, The Purim Reader, which is available at Amazon. Tell us what you think at connect@jinsider.com.

The Purim Reader

Ami Eden: Shaping the Future of Jewish Journalism

03/07/2011 - 19:00

Jewish journalism is at a crossroads. Disruptive technology, an evolving communal identity and tight media economics all make for a challenging environment. JInsider’s newest Top Jew, Ami Eden is one of the key media players shaping the future of journalism in the Jewish community. Eden is the highly regarded editor of JTA, the Jewish news agency that provides reports and commentary to Jewish newspapers around the country, including The Jewish Week. The Jewish news wire also operates the website www.jta.org. JInsider spoke with Eden for his perspective on a range of issues.

Ami Eden

Rabbi Watson: The Next Stop for Jeopardy!’s Computer?

02/28/2011 - 19:00

What’s next for Watson, the IBM computer that easily defeated two champion “Jeopardy!” players on the popular TV quiz show? The press recently reported that developers are planning to send the computer to medical school to help doctors identify diseases and recommend treatments. Wait a minute. How about enrolling the IBM computer at Yeshiva University or JTS to ordain Rabbi Watson and help combat illiteracy and disaffiliation in the Jewish community? The Birthright alums would love it. To simulate how Rabbi W.

Egypt Debrief: Social Media Lessons For The Jewish Community

02/21/2011 - 19:00

With the Internet playing such a high-profile role in events in the Middle East, what can we learn about more effectively leveraging social media? How can we use social media to foster a more engaged and activated Jewish community? We consulted with Amy Niles Gonzalez and David Sable, both highly regarded digital marketing experts, to offer insights into recent events and how to become a more digital-savvy community.

Tahrir Square Take-away

Courage in Cairo: Reflecting on Jewish Martyrs and Heroes

02/14/2011 - 19:00

Putting politics and Israel aside, the most impressive part of the events in Cairo was the fearlessness and courage of the protesting Egyptians. We asked Rabbi Jill Jacobs to offer perspective on placing life in harm’s way. What should we be prepared to die for? Tell us what you think at connect@jinsider.com.

The Jewish Obligation

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

In Search of A Jewish Valentine’s Day

02/07/2011 - 19:00

T o add a Jewish sensibility to next week’s Valentine’s Day, JInsider wanted to offer an alternative to the Hallmark view of love and the exploitative manner that personal relationships are often portrayed on TV talk and reality shows. To that end, we asked our experts to offer practical wisdom on finding a soul mate.

A Verb Not a Noun

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