We spend a lot of time coordinating High Holiday worship, but when we strip away the particulars, our experience strongly resembles an AA meeting.
My father's art was stolen from him - only to be returned, many years later, by the thief's repentant children.
Our lives are so hurried and hectic that sometimes we need time just to catch our breath. This is the purpose of Shabbat.
These days, I mostly use Hebrew to teach bar and bat mitzvah students, but seeking to enhance my Hebrew IQ, I’ve started streaming Israeli music and television shows.
Judaism teaches us to value those who have spent more time on earth. We learn about the concept of honoring your mother and father at a young age, which many interpret as respecting elders.
My kids would rather starve than eat a blintz or other food with roots in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. They’ll have to find other ways to connect to their Jewish past.
During my recent sabbatical, my husband and I traveled to France, where we explored all facets of Progressive Jewish life in the City of Lights.
For those of us who believe that, while Israel should be a “nation like all the other nations,” it should somehow not be too much like all the others.
When Usumain arrived in Israel after years of searching for a safe place to call home, he was desperately in need of a country that would open its arms to him.