I consider myself an environmentalist. I write about the earth, think about the earth, care about the earth. I wrote my rabbinical thesis partly on Judaism and the environment, and I helped found en environmental advocacy committee in my synagogue. I believe that rethinking our relationship to the earth is the great challenge and the most important task of our generation.
So I was sorely disappointed in myself recently when I realized that I'm not actually doing much for the environment. Sure, my favorite pastime is walking around the house turning off lights that the kids have left...Read More
Following President Obama's first State of the Union address on Wednesday night, JSpot.org asked leaders throughout the Jewish community for their thoughts and insights on the President's words. Included in the video compilation below are reflections from Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of Just Congregations, and the RAC's Rabbi David Saperstein.
Other contributors include: Nancy Kaufman, JCRC Boston; Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, Jewish World Watch; Rabbi Steve Gutow, Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Elissa Barrett,...Read More
More than two weeks after Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake, the shattered country is pleading for better aid for victims amid reports of chaotic and ineffective food distribution. Worse yet for the troubled country - as well as the organizations trying to get relief supplies in - is that aftershocks have damaged the south pier of Port-au-Prince's port, "reducing the number of containers...Read More
Do you know what a fistula is? If you do, then you're likely fidgeting uncomfortably. If you don't, I'll take a moment to explain.
A fistula is a childbirth complication that occurs during obstructed labor, resulting in a stillborn child. The tissues that separate a woman's vagina from her bladder or rectum are destroyed by prolonged pressure from the fetal head trapped in the birth canal. The destruction of these tissues leads to continuous incontinence. It is surgically reparable, but cannot heal on its own...Read More
Rabbi Jill Maderer serves at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, Penn. This post originally appeared at BlogRS and is reposted with permission.
When I prayed with Women of the Wall (WoW) in 1996, I never imagined that in 2010, women would still be prohibited from raising their voices in prayer at the Kotel -- the Western Wall, the remaining wall from the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. Yet, as much as ever...Read More