Israeli lawmaker Moshe Gafni was so incensed by the Knesset approving funding this week for four non-Orthodox mikvehs that he vowed that in response, “there will be a world war.” But to the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel, I say - take the money and run.
Leah Bieler explains how her family came to be escorted out of the Kotel plaza by an ultra-Orthodox teenager holding their ‘contraband.’
I’ve prayed with a tallit for so long that it should be entirely second nature for me — yet at times I feel uncomfortable wearing it.
Leah Bieler is glad that the progressive wing of Orthodoxy is moving toward accepting women rabbis. But they did not come up with that idea on their own.
After the hostage drama in Sydney, Jews should lend support to Muslims, Leah Bieler writes. We know what it’s like to be blamed for sins we did not commit.
Leah Bieler has always been proud of how her Jewish community responds to racial issues. But with the Gaza war rocking Israel this summer, she herself turned into a racist.
The whole Jewish world is praying for the three kidnapped Israeli teens. Leah Bieler writes that such devotion risks taking the focus away from those who are really responsible.
The Holocaust education Leah Bieler got as a child was way too intense. But what they’re teaching her kids now is too watered down. Where’s the middle ground?
The smirks and anger of men fighting against women praying at the Kotel feel familiar to Leah Bieler. She experienced the same emotions 20 years ago on the Upper West Side.