Hint: It has to do with farm animals.
Nigel Savage, the president of Hazon, remembers Bonna Devora Haberman, the founder of Women of the Wall, a woman who was “a beacon and a ground”.
There are two kinds of Jews, those who see the world from a parochial perspective and those with a universalist view. Nigel Savage says they need to come closer together.
It’s time for us to make the case for Jewish tradition in public space, writes Nigel Savage. We shouldn’t be afraid to be seen as evangelizers.
As we make plans to celebrate Earth Day 2011, we worry about radiation from a crippled nuclear plant in Japan. We face air pollution, species extinction, climate change. Major fish stocks are down 90%. And, more parochially, the Jewish community faces extraordinary stress and uncertainty. The federation system and many of our synagogues have lost members, revenues and staff. The issue of Israel in American Jewish life has become more complex than ever. Our day schools confront a deeply challenging business model.
Tonight, Jan 19th, there’ll be a full moon in the sky: the full moon of the Hebrew month Shvat. The indigenous Israelites from whom we descend celebrated this as the start of the year for the natural world. Like lots of elements of Jewish tradition, we never forgot it, even as its meaning has changed over time.
In celebration of Jewish Book Month, The Arty Semite is partnering with the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) and the Jewish Book Council to present “30 Days, 30 Texts,” a series of reflections by community leaders on the books that influenced their Jewish journeys. Today, Nigel Savage writes about “On Being a Jewish Feminist” by Susannah Heschel.