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What Do Superheroes and Passover Have in Common?

Chris Harrison
March 25, 2021
The author of "The (unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah" and "The (unofficial) Muggle Megillah" has delivered another work of art combining fanservice and prescient Jewish learning in his newly released "The Superhero Haggadah: A Story of Signs and Marvels."

Nationalism Unhinged: Jewish Insight and Wisdom

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
January 19, 2021
In Hebrew, two terms describe two different aspects of nationalism. Leumiut directly translates to “nationalism"; leumanut carries a jingoistic, chauvinistic, supremacist, and extremist brand of nationalism.

The Three H's of Jewish Life: Head, Heart, and Hand

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
January 11, 2021
I envisioned an investigator examining our homes and our lifestyles to determine whether enough about us would convince a jury that we were indeed Jews. What would they look for? Would they deem us Jewish?

Awakening to the Moral Imperatives of this Moment

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
January 8, 2021
This is a moment that requires extraordinary courage to do the hardest and most transformative social change work. It is for all Americans of conscience to build a more just and compassionate future by facing the truth of our history and our present.

Like Abram Heading North: A Poem

Edward D. Levin, Ph.D.
November 4, 2020
Our ancestor Abram, discovered the One. / But finding the Voice, he wasn’t the first. / With Adam admonished, and Noah then versed / And even Enoch was walking with God.

Judaism Is a Deep and Powerful Tradition that Belongs to Us All

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
November 1, 2020
Rabbi Michael Dolgin, our Genesis commentator for Ten Minutes of Torah, is passionate about community engagement, interfaith and intercultural understanding, and tikkun olam. We caught up with him on how his Torah commentaries speak to some of the critical issues of our time.

Unetaneh Tokef in the Time of a Pandemic

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler
September 10, 2020
The Unetaneh Tokef has a long list of ways that people die, often violently, a way of shocking us into realizing our mortality. The original prayer, however, can be traumatizing. This version seeks a more empathetic approach to mortality.

Navigating COVID: Our Ancestors Pointed the Way

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
August 25, 2020
Rabbi Max Chaiken, our Ten Minutes of Torah commentator for the Book of Deuteronomy, is the associate rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Los Angeles, CA. We talk to him about his Jewish journey and the ideas behind his commentaries.