It is easier to indict oneself than to admit that the world is chaotic and the suffering that pervades it often senseless.
Liberal Jewish movements are in demographic free fall and the key to arresting that fall is deeper commitment to Torah and mitzvot.
Shai Held says ‘radical Islam’ is every bit as real and dangerous as ‘radical Judaism’ — even though misguided liberals and reactionary conservatives both refuse to see that.
What sound is the Shofar supposed to invoke? Shai Held argues that it should make us remember a mother’s anguish over her dead son, whether she’s a stranger or one of us.
Everything that we have and are is a gift. None of us ever did anything — none of us ever could have done anything — to earn the gifts that are life and consciousness.