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Dinah: from Horrifying to Hopeful

This Following Torah commentary was written by Rabbi Andy Shugerman of Aventura, Florida.   Andy is both a graduate and current employee of JTS as their development Rabbinic Fellow.   The following Dvar can also be found here. Commonly found in coroner’s…

Meanwhile, over in Istanbul…..

....a recent gathering of Israelis and Palestinian peace builders meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The gathering was billed as a “Consultation” of bi-communal field experts. Over the course of three days, twenty participants acted as a think-tank to envision the seemingly…

In Defense of Sukkahfest

Rabbi David Teutsch once said two things about Judaism that stuck with me.  “Judaism is fundamentally counter-cultural and it is also fundamentally communitarian.”   There is no holiday where I find that to be more true than during sukkot. If…