If we want to develop deep and long-lasting relationships, then the way we meet also needs to be deeper.
You can learn a lot about life from the magical world of Hogwarts — and a lot about Judaism too.
In an essay both bizarre and deeply moving, Emory University professor George Yancy challenges us to see the divine in each other.
Jews do not kill in the name of Judaism. Instead, there is one way we channel the human “fighting instinct”: Studying the Torah.
It has drawn complaints from some of Freundel’s victims, who said Campbell did not talk to them to gain their perspectives.
The Jewish Theological Seminary affirms that the study of Torah, the sacred wisdom of our people, and the performance of mitzvot, Judaism’s sanctified pattern of religious practice, stand at the very core of Jewish identity. Torah and mitzvot have always been the foundation of the Jewish people’s covenant with God, guiding and sustaining us for three millennia in nearly every corner of the globe. They remain so today. Individuals from other backgrounds are warmly invited to join the covenant through conversion. There is also much that Jews can and must do to signal our respect and welcome for non-Jews in our community, whether or not they choose to become Jewish. What we must not do is to abandon the core beliefs and practices which are the very foundation of Jewish life.8
After a year of extensive study and contemplation, the prominent Manhattan synagogue B’nai Jeshurun will now allow interfaith marriages.
Arguments made by a Conservative Jewish leader defending the current ban on performing intermarriages only confirmed that it will soon be overturned.8
If Jewish leaders really want to support interfaith families and help them stay connected to Judaism, they must match their rhetoric with action.
An encounter with an old Jewish couple made Peter Beinart wonder: What is it like to be obedient to one, invisible authority no matter where you go?
“My father is by now seven years in his grave, and I remember vividly the last time I wore his sweatshirt.”
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