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.

Tzemah Yoreh: Book of Mercy November 17, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Bible Criticism Scholar Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. writes that in J's version of the Genesis account the world wasn't created in seven days, it was already there. God was not an aloof deity whose mere words could create worlds, but an insecure and entirely immanent being.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: I Am No Soldier: Do We Have An Obligation To Serve? November 12, 2014

"To me, “father” and “soldier” are almost antithetical words. My 89-year-old parent was an English professor. He taught Shakespeare. His world was (and still is to a certain extent) a man of theatre, books, film and intellectual banter. A hammer and a screwdriver were dangerous tools in his hands. His mind was much stronger than his muscles. But my father was indeed a soldier...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Jewish Identity: Asking the Wrong Question November 7, 2014

"How do we define our own connection to Judaism? What unites us and what divides us? In what ways do the modes we use to define ourselves become off putting for someone exploring the Jewish community? These are tough questions and with no easy answer. Yet, there is one thing we could begin doing that would make a big impact..."

Tzemah Yoreh: The Daughters of Israel October 27, 2014

“What if the Bible was dominated by strong female voices instead of males? Would we relate to the Bible differently? In the second part of this experiment, I switch the gender of every character in the Biblical text of Exodus and wait for readers' reactions.”
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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Freundel: Not Just an Orthodox Problem October 23, 2014

"Much has been written about the impact of Rabbi Barry Freundel on the Orthodox world. In a community that sees the mikveh as essential to their practice of Judaism, this is a fundamental tear in the fabric that weaves together ideals of halakhic observance with the messy realities of daily life. But much less commented upon are the ways in which this tragedy has implications beyond the Orthodox world..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Afterthoughts: Making Memory Matter after the Ferguson Weekend of Resistance & Sukkot October 22, 2014

"The leaders of one of the youth-led collectives in Ferguson, Millennial Activists United, have a ritual that they do before each protest, and when I first witnessed it during my five days as a rabbinical student in solidarity with them during the Ferguson Weekend of Resistance, it moved me to tears...."

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: ‘Klinghoffer’ As Gateway To Dialogue October 22, 2014

"For the past few weeks, my email and social media have been inundated with discussions and links to flyers, articles and events that all support the opposition, protest and even disruption of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer.” And I disagree with each one..."

Tzemah Yoreh: And the Goddess Said October 20, 2014

Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. discusses “What if the Bible was dominated by strong female voices instead of males? Would we relate to the Bible differently? In this new experiment, I switch the gender of every character in the Biblical text and wait for readers' reactions.”

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The Wisdom Daily: Conflict Kitchen: Eating Our Way to Understanding October 16, 2014

"Do you realize how little we know about the countries with which we are in conflict? Outside of the polarizing rhetoric of politicians and the narrow lens of media headlines, what do we know about countries we consider our enemies? An eatery in Pittsburgh, PA has an innovative and savory way of addressing this..."

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My Yom Kippur Sermon: My Statement of Values – Signing Myself Into the Book of Life October 14, 2014

"Last night, I spoke about the importance of symbolically signing the Book of Life and leaving a permanent mark on this world. I urged us all to actually sign our own Book of Life that is in the hallway – and I invite those who haven’t yet done so, to please add your signature!

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