Rabbi Abba said in the name of Samuel: for three years the School of Shammai and the School of Hillel were in disagreement, each insisting that the halachah was according to its view. A heavenly voice was heard, saying "Both views are the words of the living God, and the halachah is according to the School of Hillel." But if both are the words of the living God, why did the School...Read More
Daphne Price is the executive assistant to Rabbi David Saperstein.
It has been many months since humanitarian groups were expelled from Sudan, and the situation remains largely unresolved. To raise awareness of what life is like in Sudan, influential people (celebrities, clergy, etc.) joined efforts and began a public fast, inviting others to join them. Back in June, Rabbi David Saperstein embarked on a three-day for Darfur. On the third day he invited rabbis from each of the streams to join him...Read More
These you may eat of all that live in water: anything in water,, whether in the seas or in the streams, that has fins and scales - these you may eat. -Leviticus 11:9
Last week I hosted a couple of guests from the US who happen to be in the gourmet food business. In planning an itinerary in the Galilee, they told me they had heard there is a caviar farm in the region, and that they'd be interested in seeing it. I had...Read More
There has been some discussion in the blogosphere about our annual pre-High Holy Days conference call for rabbis, held last week addressing health care reform and sponsored by the Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist rabbinic organizations (as well as the Union for Reform Judaism). These calls typically address liturgical, theological, Jewish communal, or social justice topics of concern to our congregants and rabbis. When we address a social justice issue or public policy issue, we invite policy experts, scholars of Jewish history, tradition, law or theology, and leading preachers...Read More
Parshat Shoftim is among the most quoted in the entire Torah. Shoftim, which means "Judges," helps the Israelites understand what forms justice takes - and ought to take - for a righteous people. To further explain, the good folks over at G-dcast.com asked us to help narrate this week's Torah portion. Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, is animated - literally! - on G-dcast.com this week, where he narrates Parshat Shoftim in a four-minute commentary...Read More