If Judaism were the sport of baseball, then Yom Kippur’s Ne’ilah prayer would be the ninth inning of a World Series game. The liturgical and spiritual experience of Ne’ilah truly offers a once-a-year intensity through its personal and religious intimacy. To best understand its deeper meaning, JInsider spoke with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, author of the best-selling “60 Days: A Spiritual Guide to the High Holidays.” This practical and thoughtful companion to the High Holiday prayer book is a great playbook for novices and professional shul-goers.
Arecent New York Times Magazine cover story examined the plight of the indecisive and paralyzed 20-somethings who are living in a newly coined life stage called “emerging adulthood.” It is a critical developmental period and JInsider asked Jewish leaders and thinkers to explain what our community can offer to this generation. But first here is an excerpt from the article, which succinctly outlined the life stage’s importance.
B’nai Jeshurun Rabbis Rolando Matalon, Marcelo Bronstein and Felicia Sol and Cantor Ari Priven are recognized leaders in revitalizing the Jewish experience. The Shabbat and holiday experience at BJ’s Upper West Side synagogue is legendary, transformative and imitated around the globe. The Jewish transformation is truly a group effort, and JInsider plans to feature each of these BJ-based Top Jews. Last year we honored Cantor Priven as he celebrated his 20th year with B’nai Jeshurun.
America is sick and tired and isn’t going to take it any more… Whatever “it” is. From the Tea Party movement and the Glenn Beck circus on Fox TV (below, right) to the folk hero response JetBlue steward Steven Slater (below, left) received for his dramatic exit from employment, we are one fed-up nation. What does Jewish wisdom tell us about human rage? Are there any good techniques for anger management? Here are a few excerpts from our expert rabbis. Share your feelings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all of its obstacles, complexities and quirks, the search for a soul mate is one of the most exhausting and frustrating processes in modern Jewish society. In celebration of this past month’s Tu B’Av holiday, JInsider commissioned an anthropological study on the mating habits of North American Jews. We wanted to better understand the miracle of finding bashert (romantic destiny) from the text and in-field research. We assigned an undercover intern to research and scientifically document patterns of initial communication implemented in the NYC Jewish dating process.
With the press abuzz about the royal wedding of Chelsea Clinton last weekend, JInsider began to reflect on the current state of Jewish “royalty.” Who are our own rich and famous Jews, the ones who make an impact?
How does Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu find relaxation? Bibi disclosed to the world his not-so-secret approach in a July CNN interview: “Every Saturday, our Sabbath, we have a day off. It's a very good idea --that this institution was brought into the world-- so I have a day off. Every Saturday, I take an hour and a half and I read from the Bible with my younger boy, who just won the National Bible Championship of Israel …I draw enormous reservoirs of strength and relaxation, and I think that is needed for all leaders but especially for the leaders of Israel.”
As part of our continuing effort to find deeper meaning and lessons in pop culture, we asked Rabbi Simon Jacobson to help reveal the Jewish wisdom and relevancy in the most recent front-page tabloid news.