If, like me, you’re planning to host a Passover seder, it is critically important to create one that is warm, welcoming, and inclusive. (Find some tips here for doing so.) This is because Passover is a major holiday through which many individuals – Jews and those of other religions who celebrate together – are exposed to Judaism, whether or...Read More
In March 2012, I visited Paris in my capacity as then-president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ). I’d just attended the European Union for Progressive Judaism’s convention in Amsterdam.
Overshadowing our Paris visit was a horrible tragedy in which four people were savagely murdered at a Jewish day school in Toulouse. We received the heartbreaking news as Rabbi Tom Cohen, of Kehilat Gesher in Paris, was showing us the magnificent Cathedral of Notre Dame. Ms. Miriam Kramer, chairman of...Read More
Still trying to unpack the results of the recent elections in Israel? Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Union for Reform Judaism vice president for Israel and Reform Zionism and executive director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, recently spoke to members of Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA, about the election results.
He broke down the parties, the leaders, the possible coalitions, and the complexity of Israel’s recent election, encouraging questions for the...Read More
Every year in the Passover Haggadah (telling), we read, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” These words have taken on deep meaning for me as I came out of the closet, got married, and had kids of my own: Our freedom and redemption are founded on being inclusive and welcoming.Read More
You won’t smell soup cooking yet or cake or kugel or tzimmes baking on the day before Passover.
There’s just the sight of empty cupboards, counters crowded with hametz, boxes of cereal, cans of beans, jars of jelly.
The oven is cleaning itself this year, but not the racks. I’ll scrub them with a Brillo pad until my arms and fingers ache and the silver gleams and the stains of the past year wash off with the soapsuds down the drain.
Before long I’ll wipe the crust of crumbs off the inside of the oven and I’ll wipe all the countertops and the table, too, and...Read More