This is an open letter from the dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Rabbi Bradley S. Artson. It comes in response to a letter signed by scores of rabbinic and cantorial students at Ziegler and other schools, which the Forward published on May 13.
AIPAC says its now under threat, but its actions show that it’s doing more of the threatening, particularly to American Jews, critical of Israel.
Baruch dayan ha’emet.
The assignment was to choose a country of origin. But our ancestors fled death; studying Austrian Christmas would not reveal my daughter’s heritage.
Bernie Sanders’s representative Cornel West induced an Israel debate among Democrats, but changes to the party platform are unlikely.
In the months since the Pew Research Center’s survey of American Jews renewed communal concern about assimilation, the intermarriage debate is flaring up again.
Was this the year of ‘Open Orthodoxy’? The inaugural graduation of Yeshivat Maharat and the new leadership at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah would indicate so. But some were not convinced.
As a first-year rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), I read a lot about the challenges facing “millennials.” With the recent outpouring of analysis relating to the Pew report on American Jewry, the amount of content may have quadrupled, but the number of young voices has not.
Danielle Leshaw gave her 10-year-old son the Pew survey. Turns out, he believes that being Jewish is something you do — not just something you are.
Does the Conservative movement focus too much on egalitarianism? Jane Eisner says women are nobody’s distraction — and that should be everyone’s concern.