My grandmother, who survived Kristallnacht, wanted a female president. But despite our shared disappointment, there’s still hope.
Calling Israel an apartheid state and perpetrator of genocide flames hatred, incites violence and perpetuates anti-Semitism, Ari Hart writes.
As Orthodox Jewish communities grow, they will learn that their political power can be used for good or ill. Ari Hart says what has happened in the East Ramapo school district clearly crosses a moral line.
We are halfway through the year of shmitta, when debts are to be forgiven. Ari Hart says that edict applies doubly to predatory loans to the poor.
Rather than discard prayers that jibe with modern sensibilities about gender roles, let’s use them to open our own eyes and fix systems that keep women in second-class roles in society.
A rabbi went to New York’s Rikers Island jail to help Jewish inmates celebrate the High Holy Days. He learned lessons about repentence that everyone should heed.
The Passover seder is Jewish drama. Over the evening, a tale of slavery and liberation, despair and hope, narrow straits and open possibilities unfolds. We experience this drama through food. We lift high the matzah, the bread of affliction, for all to see; we taste the painful maror to remind us of embittered lives and oppressive work; we drink four cups of redemptive wine. Food brings these experiences to life. Through eating, we bring these symbols into our bodies.