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.

The “Wicked” Child of the Pew Study April 11, 2014

"Pesach is coming, and at sedarim across the Jewish community we will once again label four children as wise, wicked, simple, and the one who does not know how to ask. I have always struggled with this part of the seder for two reasons. All of my work with young people has taught me that we should avoid labeling children because it gives them a negative message, often encouraging them to live up to the label we ascribe.

A rabbi’s ‘bold experiment’ in outreach April 9, 2014

"On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Rabbi Amy Joy Small sat at Rockin’ Joe’s Cafe in Millburn, nursing a cup of tea and uncertain expectations. On her new website and Twitter feed, she invited anyone who cared to to “share your stories, your questions, and your challenges. I’ll share stories and Jewish wisdom along the way.'..."

Free speech just got more expensive April 9, 2014

"Dear Supreme Court justices: When I heard about the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling, it made me plotz. I’m a rabbi, so I know much more about the Talmud than about torts. But if there’s any group that can compete with scholars of constitutional law, it’s rabbis. Your recent decision was all about the First Amendment and free speech...."

New Haggadahs Offer Unique Passover Experience For Every Seder Table April 8, 2014

"Passover is just around the corner and with it comes the ancient tradition of the seder and accompanying Haggadah. The Haggadah guides the ritual meal and commemorates the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. On each of the first two nights of Passover, people gather around the seder table for the 15-step meal and the recitation of the Haggadah..."

Kirtan Rabbi in Northampton, MA at Yoga Sanctuary, Friday April 11, 2014 8pm April 2, 2014

Bring your Voices, dancing socks and open hearts to a first of a kind experience in Northampton: Join the Kirtan Rabbi and band for a Shabbat service based in chant (kirtan and niggun), movement, meditation and learning. No need to know Hebrew (or be Jewish, for that matter) to fully luxuriate in this happening.

Screening of "Making Light In Terezin," at the Veteran's Home of CA in WLA at 7 pm on April 21st in Honor of Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day March 31, 2014

"This remarkable film tells the true story of how, in the darkest days of WWII, Jewish prisoners fought back against the Nazis by singing, dancing and laughing...As Rabbi Irwin Kula writes in the introduction to the companion book to the film, "We divide the world between victims who went passively to their deaths and those who courageously fought and killed the enemy.

Sinai and Synapses: Why Doubt and Uncertainty are Good — For Both Religion and Science March 27, 2014

"Both religion and science often tend to present themselves as “knowing everything.” Yet in both realms, there is an enormous amount we don’t know, and we tend not to appreciate the value of doubt, uncertainty, ignorance and failure. Indeed, knowledge and uncertainty, and belief and doubt, are often two sides of the same coin, and it’s the dynamic relationship between the two that drives us forward.

Rabbis Without Borders: Student Fellowship is Accepting Applications March 27, 2014

Calling all Rabbinical Students! Do you want to develop and communicate a Judaism that can compete in a globalized, networked world in which identities and communal boundaries are increasingly permeable? By participating in the RWB Student Fellowship, you will learn how to use Jewish wisdom to speak to contemporary American issues, how to use language that is open and inclusive to reach a larger audience, and how to use Jewish wisdom to add meaning to people's lives.

The Wisdom Daily: Talk To Each Other, Not Past Each Other March 21, 2014

"Talking past each other is a human problem which affects us all. More often than not, it afflicts us with those about whom we care most. If we didn't care, there would be no conflict, we would just walk away. I came across a recent example concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Knock, Knock — Your Evidence is Here March 20, 2014

"The Big Bang has always evoked a sense of mystery, awe and curiosity among scientists and laypeople alike. But while the Big Bang has been well-established and well-documented in the scientific community for over 50 years, the question of how the universe expanded from “minuscule” to “gigantic” in a fraction of a second was the subject of a variety of theories. One proposed idea was called “inflation theory,” and while it was theorized and generally supported, there wasn’t enough evidence to determine if it was true.

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