By Israeli law, Jews are not allowed to pray at their holiest site — a fact that Arabs use to inspire deligitimization and even terrorism.
Michael Heckle — an atheist Iowan of Christian background — has opened his mind to questions about race, religion and community.
The real issue at hand is that the policing of Jewish observance by Jews against other Jews is disastrous regardless of who’s doing it.4
There is no basis in Jewish law for requiring an attendant at a ritual bath, but rabbis demand one anyway, raising privacy and spiritual concerns.
I used to eat on Tisha B’Av in keeping with how my dad, a Holocaust survivor, observed (or didn’t observe) the fast. I’ve now found a compromise.
We should learn how to share important spaces such as the Kotel rather than create a false unity that excludes millions of Jews.
Hillel’s openness to engage with a stranger who showed the slightest interest in Judaism allowed him to teach the Torah to whole new audiences.
Netanyahu’s decision should be viewed not as a humiliating slap in the face, but as an opportunity to redefine our goals as non-Orthodox Jews.4
You can’t claim to represent the “American Jewish community” if you advocate for a Western Wall policy that alienates its fastest-growing group.12
Instead of a simple “yes” or “no” to the intermarriage question, maybe it’s time to redefine in-marriage.5
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah denies the notion that they delivered an “edict” to avoid Israeli-Palestinian rhetoric during NYC’s Pride Parade.
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