In Parashat Mas’ei, the last reading of the Book of Numbers, which we read last week, Jewish text examines and exalts the importance of journey. In this parashah, the Israelites are concluding their expedition to the Promised Land – but, instead of bringing them straight through to their destination, the text spends 46 lines reviewing the stops our ancestors made along the way. Interestingly, these locations are not described as the ending places of shorter pieces of the trip, but as the starting points...Read More
As I skimmed headlines on the Israel new sites I check daily, I saw many of the same topics that have filled this space for the past few weeks. I ran through the list in my head: Kotel? Check. Conversion bill? Check. Blacklist of Diaspora rabbis? Check.
Opposition to gay adoption?! My stomach dropped.
I am immediately pulled back to the summer of 2015, tears streaming down my face as news returns of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in the US. I think of close friends in same-sex relationships posting pictures of the day they brought new bundles of joy back...Read More
How much do we really know about Jewish burials? What effect are they having on the environment? Is this an important conversation for us to have?
A few things really struck me from Richard Conniff’s recent opinion piece by in The New York Times, titled “This Is How I Want to Be Dead.”
The author writes of the devastating environmental effects of cremation. Though many people think cremation is an environmentally sound process, the truth is quite the opposite. The amount of BTUs needed to...Read More
One of my all time favorite articles from the New York Times is a story about déjà vu and other para-psychological phenomena You know déjà vu-the feeling that you have experienced something before even when you haven’t. The premise of the article was the scientific justification for this very non-scientific experience. Scientists in the article proposed that, in simple terms, when you are in a place and time, your body absorbs molecules: protons, ions, neutrons and electrons and holds on to them as part of your chemistry. Then, when you have a similar experience of one that evokes a...Read More
Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author, is the creator and host of the radio show and podcast On Being. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”
ReformJudaism.org: You always ask your guests about their religious upbringing. What can you tell us about yours...Read More