For Yael Krieger, deciding to donate a kidney to her father was empowering. It was also a lesson in Torah.
Marc Gafni is back in the public eye with a splashy New York Times interview and big-name boosters for his think tank. But the onetime rabbi’s return to prominence has only sharpened the anger of critics who point to a long history of sexual improprieties.
It’s a rare group of people who can say they saved another person’s life. But dozens of Jews, most of them ultra-Orthodox, are saving lives every year by committing a profound act of altruism — becoming a live kidney donor to a stranger. That’s thanks to Mendy Reiner, 38, a soft-spoken ultra-Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn.
Is it wrong for Jews to donate kidneys on the condition that they go to other Jews? Avi Bass argues this model is far from discriminatory — it’s ideal.
Here’s how we arrived at our estimate that Renewal accounts for, at most, 17% of live kidney donations to strangers in America.
James E. Ponet first met Zalman Schachter-Shalomi 43 years ago. He’s still processing what this giant meant to Judaism and the world.
Joy Levitt was nervous when she met the Dalai Lama 24 years ago, but Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was completely at ease. That’s because they were spiritual soulmates.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, one of the important Jewish innovators in postwar America, inspiration to a generation and ecumenical spiritualist, has died at 89.
Reb Zalman’s remarkable life included his turn to Hasidism and five decades of innovation in the Jewish Renewal movement. His memory is already a blessing, writes Jay Michaelson.
A charismatic rabbi and new age spirituality is drawing overflow crowds to Romemu, a congregation on Manhattan’s West Side. Can it handle its own success?