How Should We Translate Pirkei...

May 20, 2019 by

A decade ago, Rabbi Dr. Andrea Weiss, now the Provost of HUC-JIR, taught me a new term: “gender-accurate translation.” No, I was not...

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Opening the Door, Eyes Wide Op...

Apr 18, 2019 by

On Friday night, we will send the youngest among us to open our doors to the promise of perfect redemption. This year, though, that...

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Tornillo: “Shut It Down!...

Dec 13, 2018 by

I was privileged to join a bold and visionary group of midwestern Reform rabbis — led by Rabbis Bruce Elder, Miriam Terlinchamp,...

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Genes Don’t Constitute the Cov...

Oct 16, 2018 by

I have never submitted my DNA for analysis of my ethnic identity, and I am determined not to do so. I suspect that the findings would...

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King David, Bill Clinton, and ...

Sep 27, 2018 by

This summer, I listened to Professor Orit Avnery at the Shalom Hartman Institute, describing King David’s wrongdoing with Bat-Sheva....

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A Less Lonely Path to Repentan...

Sep 5, 2018 by

The High Holy Day days can be a lonely experience. Though many of us gather in overflowing sanctuaries, together with family and...

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“The Sex Talk:” A Uniquely Gra...

Jul 16, 2018 by

At a recent lunch in Jacobs Camps’ dining hall, Jeremy and Jack, co-counselors in a Talmidim (9th grade) bunk, approached me: “When...

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The Most Important Day of Pass...

Apr 5, 2018 by

More American Jews attend a Passover Seder than observe any other Jewish ritual. How do we know? The Pew Research Center tells us.[i]...

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