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 Wisdom Daily: Exploring My Imperfection During My Divorce July 21, 2016

"...The decision to end a marriage may happen in a definitive manner. Two people reach an agreement to end things; it's over; there's no going back. But experiencing that ending...? That's ongoing. I can tell you when we reached the beginning of the end, but I don't know when we will reach ‘the end.’ Even once the divorce is finalized, the emotional journey of disentangling two lives continues...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Bringing Rabbis and Scientists Together July 21, 2016

"Do Jews view science differently than other religious people do? What topics are most pressing or interesting in the Jewish community? And have Jews bifurcated their sense of identity when it comes to Judaism and science?

These questions launched a new initiative run by my organization, Sinai and Synapses, called ‘Scientists in Synagogues....’"

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Funeral for a Friend July 20, 2016

"In my second year of rabbinic school, I was asked to officiate at the funeral of a friend's dog. I am embarrassed to admit that I thought of the request as a bit foolish. I hadn't officiated at a human being's funeral yet and my first funeral was to be one of a dog? I wasn't sure what Jewish law said on the matter. I wondered if I was acting in a sacrilegious manner...."

The Wisdom Daily: How To Stop Terror From Closing Our Hearts July 20, 2016

"...In this age of terror the ordinary and everyday can become terrifying. Going to work. Traveling on a plane. Walking through Times Square (or celebrating Bastille Day) can instill fear rather than offer the revelry for which these should only be known. This of course is the very goal of the terrorists who are bent on murder and destruction. They seek to upend the ordinary. They plot to terrify the mundane. Their very goal is to amplify fear...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Meet Me at 10th Street July 19, 2016

"Tonight at 6 p.m. we will gather at the 10th Street entrance to Piedmont Park, in spiritual protest of police brutality and in honor of black lives. We will bring our ‘spiritual tools and gifts to usher in love, peace, and clarity for the road towards justice,’ as the Facebook event page instructs. We will assemble in the park to share these gifts, to chant the words #BlackLivesMatter...."

Rabbis Without Borders In The Field: Trusting in the Big Hands of a Gentle Giant July 18, 2016

"...Who could have imagined? Two and a half years ago I had never met a Palestinian as an equal. I had no idea who they were. Ignorance, prejudice, and generalizations had dominated my thinking. Fear controlled me. And then I become swept up in forming Roots, the Local Israeli Palestinian Initiative for Understanding Nonviolence and Transformation, and in creating the Dignity Center as the physical host for Roots. Indeed, I have been transformed, together with hundreds of other Israelis and Palestinians...."

Rabbis Without Borders In The Field: Responding to the Call of Black Lives Matter July 15, 2016

"It seems lately the world is on fire. And every time things calm down, there is a new incident. Another black man is hurt, harassed or killed by a white member of law enforcement. I am a white, Jewish, woman living in the South and I am struggling to figure out what to do. What I don’t want to do is to co-opt the conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement to be about my struggle...I would like to be an excellent comrade. But I don’t live in a place with rallies or protests. This doesn’t mean I’m off the hook.

The Big Book of Women Rabbis: Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu Contributes to Writing "The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate" July 14, 2016

"Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, who heads Rabbis Without Borders for Clal, is one of the Conservative rabbis who wrote for ‘The Sacred Calling.’ Her chapter focuses on her movement's decision to ordain women, which followed Rabbi Priesand's 1972 ordination and the Reconstructionist Rabbi Sandy Sasso's in 1974 by more than a decade...Rabbi Sirbu thinks that the concept of ‘the rabbi as symbolic exemplar’ is a subject under discussion right now, at least in part because women's leadership o

The Wisdom Daily: The Seductive Appeal of Righteous Indignation July 14, 2016

"Battle lines are being drawn almost everywhere in the public realm. In the U.S. House of Representatives, a number of representatives recently staged a sit-in on the floor of the House, protesting the lack of progress on an important issue. In response, House leaders turned off the cameras and microphones, blocking public access to the actions (or inactions) of their elected representatives.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Kavannah on White Privilege July 12, 2016

"...The virus that infects our culture with racism also leaves it highly susceptible to anti-Semitism. As our history has taught us time and again, bigotry and discrimination against one group leads to bigotry and discrimination against Jews. Just look at France or Belgium today. And lest we think we are immune from such threats here in the U.S., look at how Jewish journalists are being attacked with anti-Semitic diatribes by Donald Trump supporters if they dare say anything critical of Trump. Many even receive death threats.

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