This Is How I Want To Die

Why would a rabbi discuss his own death in a Yom Kippur sermon? Jack Moline wanted to make his end-of-life wishes clear —  and urged congregants to do the same.

Who Needs Halloween When We've Got Shabbat?

Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. Should we open the door to trick-or-treaters? Or should we be spooked about joining the celebration?

Kalamazoo Police Thought My Lulav Was a Sword

Why was Mordechai Lightstone harassed by police in Kalamazoo, Michigan? He was shaking a lulav, not ‘brandishing a sword in some sort of ritual’!


The Rabbinate as Taught to Me by Avi Weiss

After Rabbi Avi Weiss announced his intention to step down from the pulpit, he took rabbinic intern Avram Mlotek on a mystery outing that beautifully conveyed his idea of the ‘real rabbinate.’


Clothes Help Make Us — From the Fig Leaf to Ralph Lauren

Clothing shapes our identity in ways that can be hard to express, writes Elissa Strauss. Still, even a glance at Jewish history makes clear the importance of what we wear.

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