A group of rabbis are spending their Tisha B’Av at an immigrant detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Here’s why.
Conservative Judaism preached adherence to Jewish law but looked the other way when members didn’t follow. Intermarriage is exposing the gap.
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.
Israeli and Diaspora Jewry are in a “very precarious place,” Rabbi Steven Wernick warned a Knesset committee.
Instead of a simple “yes” or “no” to the intermarriage question, maybe it’s time to redefine in-marriage.
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.
Arguments made by a Conservative Jewish leader defending the current ban on performing intermarriages only confirmed that it will soon be overturned.
Rabbi Lau-Lavie’s intermarriage proposal is “too little, too late.” It does not meet the reality test. It addresses a fictional construct.
Judaism is not a matter of obligation but a legacy of moral wisdom from whose teachings we may pick and choose.
A range of viewpoints and backgrounds — religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, socio-political — strengthens us all