Many people will spend the week writing “New Year's resolutions,” declarations of what they plan to do and who they plan to be in the coming year. Within weeks, diets will begin and new gym memberships purchased. Within less than two months, both and more will be abandoned. Our resolutions will again be thrown upon the pile of discarded and broken promises made in previous years. So caught up in the ritual of deciding what we could be doing, we fail to do it.
Why? As John Tierney writes "Carpe Diem? Maybe Tomorrow"...Read More
I adore the age in which we live! Yes, I know, the world is a mess, no one agrees about government, and the weather is bizarre. Nonetheless, we have the internet and that means access to endless recipes – except the one for Grandma’s mushroom barley soup with flanken, which she didn’t write down before she died many years ago.
Recently, during one of my recipe-search binges, I came across this list of 25 Classic Jewish Foods Everyone Should Learn to Cook. Always on the lookout for new dishes, I’ve decided to try...Read More
Perhaps more than any time in history, American Jews are free to define our own Jewish identity and how we choose to express it in words, action, or inaction. But for many of us, freedom of choice doesn’t make being Jewish any easier; in fact, individual autonomy can make it more challenging to articulate. When was the last time you tried to explain to someone – another Jew or someone of another faith – what it means to be a Jew on the eve of 2019?
Robert H. Mnookin, a Harvard law professor and conflict resolution expert, takes up this challenge in ...Read More
As we prepare to ring in 2019, we look back on the year we leave behind, and… whew, what a year. Below are the top 10 Reform Jewish moments of the year, both positive and negative.
Do you agree with our choices? What would you add? Leave us a comment and let us know – and may 2019 bring many more positive headlines within the Reform Jewish world and beyond. Happy New Year, friends.1. Jews worldwide mourned together after the Pittsburgh shootings.
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, during Shabbat morning study, a gunman opened fire in Tree of Life Synagogue, a Conservative...Read More
The mitzvah (commandment) of bikur cholim, visiting the sick, is said to have originated with the Holy One of Blessing. When God visits Abraham by the oaks of Mamre in the heat of the day, it’s understood to mean not just the literal heat of afternoon, but also the internal heat of fever. God visits Abraham as Abraham is recovering from his circumcision. In visiting the sick, we emulate God.
Another teaching, this one from the Gemara, holds that the Shechinah – the immanent indwelling divine Presence – hovers over the head of the sickbed like a mother bird protecting her young. God...Read More