We read in Pirkei Avot, “Be among the disciples of Aaron – seek peace and pursue it.” One of our highest aspirations as Jews is to establish peace within our homes, within our communities, and in our world. Shalom bayit (peace in the home) is a core value of Jewish life.
For 30 years now, Jewish women have gone in peace to the plaza of Hakotel Hama’aravi, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, to hold a morning service for Rosh Chodesh. At 7 a.m., Women of the Wall begin with...Read More
Tonight on the eve of Purim, I will gather 10 beloved women around me and recite Birkat HaGomeil (a prayer said in gratitude after one has overcome a life-threatening situation).
In this blessing, I will hold close to me the hundreds of other women who were with me last Friday on Rosh Chodesh at the Western Wall (the Kotel). Women from across the religious (and secular) spectrum – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and ultra-Orthodox – flooded the Kotel, each driven by...Read More
Rabbi Benjamin Spratt serves as senior associate rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City, where he is also rabbi-in-residence of its school. Currently, he is the commentator for the Book of Leviticus in Reform Voices of Torah, part of the Ten Minutes of Torah series, which explores all facets of Jewish life and to which readers can subscribe. I asked Rabbi Spratt to tell us about his unusual Jewish journey and to share some...Read More
Israel is a democracy that believes in free speech, but speech has consequences. According to Israeli law, those who incite to racism and violence are prohibited from serving in the Knesset. This principle was enshrined in Israeli law 18 years ago. The law was never applied - until yesterday.
Over the weekend, the Supreme Court published their decision to disqualify the candidacy of Michael Ben Ari, a known Jewish Supremacist, from running for the 21st Knesset. The ruling came in response to our petition against the decision by Israel's Central Election Commission two weeks ago to...Read More
“Comedy is fueled by oppression, by the lack of power, by sadness and disappointment, by abandonment and humiliation. Now, who the hell does that describe more than women? By those standards, only women should be funny!”
– Midge Maisel
In case you haven't yet binge-watched the newest season, now’s a great time to start...
In Rachel Brosnahan’s Golden Globes acceptance speech for her performance as Midge Maisel on Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, her first round of...Read More