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Religion & Philosophy

  • Opinion: Shavuot—breaking the tablets, and putting them back together!

    By jwadmin on May 24, 2017
    By ADINA LEWITTES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Shavuot, which begins at sundown May 30, focuses on Moses receiving the tablets of the law. But a fascinating part of the story is when he shatters them. In an astounding midrash, or rabbinic commentary, Moses’ act is portrayed as the epitome of loyalty to the people, but also teaches God about community and continuity. Descending Mount […]
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  • Who gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat?

    By jwadmin on May 24, 2017
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Which Orthodox rabbi gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat? We don’t know who it was, but we know who it wasn’t. It wasn’t Haskel Lookstein, who oversaw the first daughter’s conversion to Judaism. It wasn’t Marvin Hier, who gave the invocation at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It wasn’t Levi […]
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  • Rabbi Shmuley: We Do Not Forget — President Trump Promised Jerusalem

    By jwadmin on May 17, 2017
    By: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach The World Values Network This Sunday, I will be flying to Israel immediately after the gala dinner of our organization, the World Values Network. I am going to attend the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem Day, when Israel reunified Jerusalem in the 1967 war, affirming the Jewish people’s rebirth in their ancient capital after the devastation of the Holocaust. President Donald […]
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  • Jewish Conservatism: A Manifesto

    By jwadmin on April 26, 2017
    From Commentary magazine Headnote by John Podhoretz The 12,000 word article that leads this issue of Commentary—“Jewish Conservatism: A Manifesto,” by Eric Cohen and Aylana Meisel—is a magisterial effort to codify the ideas on which American Jews of a non-liberal bent can agree and begin to work together to advance over the coming decades. What Cohen and Meisel have done […]
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  • Watch A Priest, Rabbi And Atheist Smoke Weed And Talk Religion

    By jwadmin on March 17, 2017
    By Ron Dicker The Huffington Post – They seek the truth from on high. A rabbi, a priest and an atheist share bong hits and philosophy in a viral video posted Wednesday. This isn’t a bar joke. The clip was produced by Cut in Washington state, where recreational marijuana use is legal. The rabbi, Jim Mirel, is the Rabbi Emeritus at […]
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  • Feminism and Purim: Reflections of female religious leaders of four denominations

    By jwadmin on March 8, 2017
    By ALINA DAIN SHARON/JNS.org In the Book of Esther’s Chapter 4, verse 14, Mordechai encourages his niece, Queen Esther, to use her influence with King Ahasuerus. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have […]
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  • Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump already face the halacha police…

    By jwadmin on January 20, 2017
    By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended the Inauguration Day service Friday, Jan. 20, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a tradition that goes back to 1933. The live video showed the Trumps shaking hands with the pastor and entering the church, followed by his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. No […]
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  • New B’nai Sholom course to review ‘Lost Women Of The Bible’

    By jwadmin on January 18, 2017
    ALBANY–A new course at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation that will be taught by Rabbi Beverly W. Magidson will introduce the women of the Bible who are mentioned only fleetingly and then seem to vanish from the narrative. “Lost Women of the Bible” will be offered four Monday evenings beginning on Jan. 23 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany. The Bible teaches […]
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  • Conservative group ousts rabbi for performing intermarriages

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom has been expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly(RA), the movement’s rabbis’ association, for performing interfaith weddings. An ordained Conservative rabbi for 44 years, Rosenbloom was expelled in November by unanimous vote, with abstentions, after a hearing of the R.A.’s Executive Council. Since 1972, the Conservative movement has prohibited its […]
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  • Why I light my menorah in the window — and you should, too

    By jwadmin on December 28, 2016
    By EDMON J. RODMAN LOS ANGELES (JTA) – In the weeks before Chanukah with anticipation of the holiday brightly filling my mind, the darkening news of rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. began to filter in. As I pictured our menorahs burning in their usual place —  the front windows of our home — a warning light began to blink. Though Chanukah represents […]
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