"It was the troubling current state of world affairs that prompted Rabbi Irwin Kula to post online this past Wednesday a recording he made back in 2002, on the first anniversary of 9/11...." Read more...
By Renee Ghert-Zand from The Times of Israel
Ever wonder about how Jerry Seinfeld’s monologues are a string of rhetorical questions? Or the way Woody Allen’s more self-deprecating pictures (think Crimes and Misdemeanors) end in unknowable existential pondering? The Jewish sensibility is unmistakable in the realm of pop culture. A bemused attitude and spirit of restless inquiry is consistent. But is there also a Jewish quality to games?..."
Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, founder and director of ConverJent, is profiled in this article.
BE•HOLD, a performance film of Holocaust poetry featuring performances by poets, survivors, and actors, has been accepted to the Independent Film Project’s (IFP), Independent Film Week. Taking place September 15-19, 2013 at Lincoln Center, this one-of-a-kind event brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new projects and support the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers. Janet R.
The first day of Tishri or Rosh Hashanah, which means "head of the year," began at sunset on Sep. 4, 2013 and marked the beginning of the “civil” new year. The celebration can be traced back to the so-called “Feast of Trumpets.” While one of three decidedly Jewish holy days, Rosh Hashanah has distinctive features with implications for Christians as well."
"Chapter 32 of Deuteronomy depicts Moses offering his final words of wisdom to the Israelites in poetic verse, forty years after leaving Egypt. He struggles to do what so many leaders do nearing their deaths: convey the significance of his experiences to those who themselves never experienced them..."
"A fresh start. A second chance. Who doesn’t want that? Those are the promises of Rosh Hashanah, and those are the promises that brought most of our ancestors to these shores...."
Return To Sender —
It means more than either the postal service or Elvis ever understood. It’s the promise of Rosh Hashanah.
"Rosh Hashanah is not only New Years according to the Jewish calendar, but also celebrates the birthday of the world, or as other rabbinic traditions have it, the birthday of the first humans, as recorded in the Book of Genesis. Either way, Rosh Hashanah teaches important truths about the biblical story of creation — truths we all need, regardless of faith, faithlessness, or any of the myriad ways we think about how either the world or the human race came into existence...."
"On August 26, the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, hired by Yeshiva University to look into allegations of past abuse at the university’s High School for Boys, finally concluded its eight-month investigation and released a report detailing its findings.
In response to the accusations this week that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons against its own citizens, Britain, France and the United States are considering whether to intervene and in what form this action might take."