Rabbis Without Borders (RWB), Clal’s new initiative to help rabbis make Jewish wisdom accessible to the wider American public, selected its second cohort of fellows for its competitive rabbinic fellowship program. More than 80 applications were received for the 22 spots (click here for list).
"This week's Torah reading, Vayishlach, found in Genesis 32:4 - 36:43, includes the well known story of Jacob wrestling with....what the Torah call "a man", many classical commentaries label an angel, and what others have suggested may have been God or even Jacob himself. Whoever it was and all four possibilities have something to recommend them, what is clear is that Jacob emerges both victorious and wounded...."
"...Without invoking scripture, and like totally unaware of the dictates of Exodus 12:49, Weinstein's move reflects the words of that ancient verse perfectly: There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you..."
In the 21st century, American Jewish identity formation has gone through significant change. Institutional and synagogue life, the role of rabbis, Jewish practice and affiliation have all undergone shifts affected by the freedom and openness of American society.
"...Moving away from "don't ask, don't tell" to the full inclusion of gay and lesbian service people is a big move, especially for what is a typically slow-moving and conservative institution like the Unites States Armed Forces..."
"For me, one of the hardest parts of writing a poem is knowing when it’s done. Even harder is knowing when a book is done. I’d been working on a manuscript for over ten years, and sending it out to contests, was a finalist or first runner-up in some, and got some lovely rejection notes. But, I had this nagging feeling that it wasn’t finished. It had a beginning, it had a middle, and an end, but it just wasn’t done. I was close, but needed more. I didn’t know what the “more” was; all I knew was I needed it...."
"...Gallup's data suggests that instead of the center's supporters and detractors simply wrapping themselves in competing claims about what their community wants, or what their tradition teaches is "the" right response to this controversy and making sanctimonious claims about what is right and good, each side needs to address the fact that lots of people have lots of questions and uncertainties about how to proceed..."
Rabbi Irwin Kula speaks with Aaron Imholte about the mid-term elections.
I long for stones to put under my head,
to dream of a ladder that reaches
into the sky, where angels go up and down,
to know that God was in this place,...
"...Among the most interesting things about these statistics is that there is no majority of opinion in any group about what constitutes the best possible response..."