A scheme is not a vision. -Leonard Cohen, "Isaac"
Now that the latest war seems to have ended, we can get back to where we left off in the election campaign (the cynics, of course, argue that the war was actually just a phase of the campaign). The posters all show portraits of scowling candidates, with slogans like "not a buddy - a leader!" (You find...Read More
Altneuland = Oldnewland: Title of novel published in 1902 by Theodore Herzl, envisioning the Jewish state as a progressive, secular, German-speaking utopia.Tel Aviv: The title of the Hebrew translation of Altneuland; Tel = mound of ancient ruins; Aviv = springtime.
We are producing a one-day seminar for 400 10th graders at the Reali High School in Haifa next week,...Read More
Six times a year, the RAC staff has the opportunity to work with incredible groups of high school students from across the country at our Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminars. A few weeks ago, at our first L'Taken of the year, one of our participants, Andrew Turell from Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, NY, delivered a remarkable speech concluding his group's visit to Representative Nita Lowey's office. Andrew's speech did not merely tie together the five separate issues on which his peers spoke. Andrew's...Read More
Rabbi Jack Bloom's provocative view of our relationship with God centers on the God of the Torah, and I respectfully suggest that we 21st century Reform Jews relate to Somebody altogether different. Taught as we are that we are made b'tzelem Elohim, in the image of God, we are more likely to look in the mirror than in the Torah to develop our picture. I find more truth than poetry in the story of the little boy huddled with his crayons over a sheet of paper, whose mother asks what he is doing. "I'm drawing a picture of God... Read More