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.
If we meet, you might ask directly why I won’t officiate your wedding. My hope would be to get to know you well enough to have a deeper conversation.
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.
After a year of extensive study and contemplation, the prominent Manhattan synagogue B’nai Jeshurun will now allow interfaith marriages.
A range of viewpoints and backgrounds — religious, racial, ethnic, sexual, socio-political — strengthens us all
The children of intermarriage are still being raised Jewish, Samira Mehta argues, even if what it means to be raised Jewish has changed.
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu firmly rejected statements by government ministers and members of the Knesset in the wake of this week’s approval of an egalitarian section at the Western Wall.
Israel’s tourism minister said Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to a Jewish man, in which a rabbi officiated with a priest, shows how assimilated Reform Jews are in the United States.
While her more religious friends were rejecting their Jewish roots, Lilit Marcus decided she needed to know more about hers.
Judaism and Mormonism are minority religions in America that both worry about interfaith marriage. One is winning the fight while the other is losing.