As liberal Jews, we create our own legitimacy; we don't get legitimacy from anyone else's stamp of approval.
I brought my book "Celebrating Brit Shalom," the first ever book for Jewish families opting out of circumcision, to the Reform movement's biennial conference -- here's how we were received.
Reform rabbis' officialdom supports Obama's executive action on gun control: "tradition calls upon us not to stand idly by while our neighbors bleed. Reducing gun violence requires more than prayer."
The fifth night of Chanukah was Human Rights Day. And it was a night of #VigilantLove – an event at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles organized by a large coalition lead by Asians and Muslims. Originally intended as an intercultural event to commemorate the internment of Japanese-Americans and to affirm the dignity of the Syrian refugees, over several weeks the nature of the gathering changed. After San Bernardino, Vigilant Love also became a memorial for the 14 people murdered 60 miles away.
The patina of bling and marketing which are brought to the enterprise by branding companies and focus groups, will eventually roll off the back of Judaism like so much dust. If we are committed to adding substantively to the building that is Judaism, as judged by future generations—we don’t get there through sparkly things and naming opportunities. We get there by doing what we’ve always done—teaching Torah, davening, keeping Shabbes, creating a more just world.
Cultivating an ability to laugh about our foundational beliefs is an important step towards making the world a better and safer place.
How many times have we been told that the Jacobs of this world must have their rights at the expense of the Esaus? #BlackLivesMatter meets Parshat Toledot.
Can we respect the intelligence of American Jewish kids with more than official talking points? Two innovators talk with Jewschool about doing just that.