Rabbis Without Borders

Nurturing rabbis as American religious leaders, Rabbis Without Borders makes Jewish wisdom an available resource to the wider public. For more information about Rabbis Without Borders programs, visit the Rabbis Without Borders site by clicking here.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Treat Every Person with Dignity August 26, 2014

"‘I was a college student doing about 78 mph on my way from Pittsburgh to New York City to visit my boyfriend. Suddenly flashing lights appeared behind me, my stomach flipped over, and I was busted. The officer sauntered up to my window. He asked questions that I felt were intrusive, like where was I going, where was I coming from, who was I going to see. He made a comment about my “pretty face” being smashed if I crashed at that speed. I wanted him to just give me a ticket and go away. Finally he did..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: An Electrifying Altar August 22, 2014

"A few summers ago, on a trip through Samaria, Israel, a passage in this week’s Torah portion jumped out of the past and came alive in front of my eyes. The portion of Re’eh introduces us to a stupendous covenant ceremony that Moses commands the people to enact upon Mount Gerizim and Mount Eval when the Israelites enter the land of Israel after his own death.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Synagogue to open Jewish outreach center August 12, 2014

"‘With almost 90 percent of Broward County's Jewish community not affiliated with a synagogue, Ramat Shalom in Plantation will open The Sam and Laura Hoffman Center for Jewish Life in September to provide spiritual direction and perform Jewish life cycle events for the growing number of Jews who have not made a synagogue a part of their lives..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Time to be Silent and a Time to Speak August 6, 2014

"‘There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.’ So says the author of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) in a famous chapter that begins by telling us, “there is a time for every matter under heaven.” Yesterday was Tisha B’Av, a fast day which traditionally commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in ancient Jerusalem and all subsequent tragedies to befall the Jewish people.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Rabbi Said What?!? August 4, 2014

"In the past week the rabbis writing on this blog have commented on several current controversial issues, Christian anti-Semitism, US immigration law, and the Hamas-Israeli conflict. The views expressed are varied, and if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will often see rabbis taking different opinions on the same issue. This is the kind of pluralism and open dialogue Rabbis Without Borders fosters.

Sinai and Synapses: Can Science and Religion Co-Exist? July 31, 2014

On May 29, 2014, Sinai and Synapses partnered with Central Synagogue to present a panel discussion on the topic “Can Science and Religion Co-Exist?” It was a provocative and respectful discussion among three distinguished panelists:
Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, President of Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and author of the book You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Time for Christian Voices Against Anti-Semitism July 31, 2014

"Is anti-Semitism like pornography? Do we know it when we see it? Absurd on the one hand, this analogy helps me make sense of my frustration with the recent quietude of some liberal Christians. Let me explain...."

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By Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Jews Don't Believe in Birthdays but in Saving Lives July 24, 2014

"My husband does not do birthdays. When I first met him over 20 years ago, this truly puzzled me. Birthdays were simply not a big deal and when I pressed for a reason he fell back on tradition, reminding me that Jews don’t believe in birthdays...Birthdays are not a big deal in Jewish tradition...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Jon Stewart Can’t Talk About Israel, But We Must July 23, 2014

"...We all have a tendency to read more from those who already think like us. So how do we navigate our way through the quagmire of information? One might try to distinguish between what is descriptive and what is opinion. But this isn’t always useful. We might hear a news report that begins by telling us how many Gazans died today and how many times Israel fired on Gaza. That is descriptive.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: How News and Social Media Can Hurt Us July 17, 2014

"Lately I've been talking with rabbinic colleagues about how best to minister to our congregants who are struggling with the news out of Israel/Palestine. We're hearing from people who are unable to fall asleep because they can't stop thinking about the images of destruction and grief, or who wake up and immediately start agonizing about the conflict or worrying about loved ones..."

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