UPDATE, 11/15, 13:36: Both the Jewish Telegraph Agency and the Forward have replaced the original photo with different ones: JTA's article is now accompanied by a photo of an open Torah held by jacketed arms, adorned with a prayer shawl; the Forward's new photo shows three males in kippot (head coverings) with dreidels (Chanukah tops). … Continue reading Who Is a Jew and how would the Forward recognize her?
An evolving midrash on Fabrangen's Omer Blog is exploring the idea of eating the fruit -- honoring the essential Torah of an individual or community -- while discarding the rind: In the case of the talmudic era Elisha ben Abuyah, the "rind" is understood as outright apostasy, but his student/friend Meir continues to defend and … Continue reading Is There a Cloak Big Enough?
I was young during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, when my hometown police violently arrested protestors in Grant Park. I grew up thinking that a chant of "The whole world is watching" and a little press coverage were important tools in social change. And I listened to the Chicago Transit Authority album so often that … Continue reading The Whole World Is Watching
Merciful God, the outside world is full of bustle and turmoil. You are close to us everywhere, but the burdens and obstacles of daily life can rise as a barrier between our hearts and You. In rituals of wrapping those barriers disappear. Wrapping reminds us of Your precious constant love, helps us feel the safety … Continue reading Prayers for the New Month of Nisan
Here's a new PDF prayer supplement, "At the New Moon," brought to you by "Rosh Hodesh Elul DC," a loosely formed group of men and women in solidarity with Women of the Wall. (Print back-to-back and fold.) "In Solidarity/For Understanding" was developed in support of Women of the Wall by Virginia Avniel Spatz, based on … Continue reading At the New Moon