Asher Lopatin

Make Israel a Personal Issue for Congregation

Asher Lopatin says it’s important for rabbis to tap into Israel as the land for which all Jews share a love. It’s one of 7 rabbis’ opinions about how to talk about Israel in shul.

One Great Sukkah

On the High Holy Days we go off to our own synagogues within our own denominations to pray and be inspired. But Sukkot offers the vision of one big sukkah, or one big shul, in which every Jew can fit and feel welcome. In the Babylonian Talmud, our rabbis state: “‘Every citizen shall dwell in sukkot’ — this teaches us that all of Israel are