Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie embarked on a yearlong project to develop a framework within Jewish law to permit intermarriage under certain conditions.
The questions that Rabbi Lau-Lavie and others are elevating to the foreground should be met head on, rather than sidestepped or avoided.
Rabbi Lau-Lavie’s intermarriage proposal is “too little, too late.” It does not meet the reality test. It addresses a fictional construct.
Judaism is not a matter of obligation but a legacy of moral wisdom from whose teachings we may pick and choose.
To navigate the complex issue of intermarriage, rabbis must devise a position and practice that is mission-loyal and market-sensitive.
As Jews prayed over the destruction of the Temple, here was a Tisha B’Av service unlike any other: Neshama Carlebach and Basya Schechter singing of hope and mourning.
Recently, Amichai Lau-Lavie, founding director of Storahtelling and a second-year Jewish Theological Seminary rabbinical student, published a blog post about illegally smuggling tallitot (prayer shawls) into the Western Wall for use by Women of the Wall on February 11, Rosh Hodesh Adar.
Passover is the quintessential symbolic and educational festival. The fun educational tool of choice at the start of this century is the web video. Amichai Lau Lavie, of Storahtelling fame, makes that point exactly, in this video shot at an educational gathering pulled together by Repair the World and Uncommon Schools.