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Why Is The Reform Movement Scared of Circumcision?

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 20:19:47 +0000

A look at the fascinating history of the Reform Movement's relationship with Brit Milah.

5 Plagues and 5 Hopes: A Playlist for Pesach in 2018

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:00:03 +0000

I am angry. Many people are angry. Pick your political issue or your social reason to be angry; they seem never-ending. Anger is for sure the wrong way to approach Pesach and the Seder — and not just because it’s hard to get through long meals with a lot of family when you’re angry before … Continue reading 5 Plagues and 5 Hopes: A Playlist for Pesach in 2018

“I Don’t Underestimate Power”

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:56:28 +0000

An interview on the history of the Israeli and American peace movement with renowned activist Naomi Chazan.

What to Listen for: Anti-Semitic and Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:06:30 +0000

    This article is part of a collaborative series commissioned by altMuslimah and Jewschool to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding between Muslim and Jewish communities experiencing a rise in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.     A brief tour of gaslighting:   A thing happens, something is said or done. A person is told it did not happen, … Continue reading What to Listen for: Anti-Semitic and Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Sanctuary Every Day: Purim

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 02:19:48 +0000

Purim is as much a story of collective survival as it is of heroic deeds and last-minute inversions. A tale for our times, it is the story of how vulnerable people find sanctuary, spitting in the eye of their oppressors with the rowdy fact of their rebel endurance.

Why Kids Should Lead Our Seders This Year

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:49:11 +0000

We, as adults, are commanded to tell the Pesach story to our children. So what happens when we fail? When, it turns out, they are telling the story to us? Maybe it’s time we let our kids lead our Seders, so we can learn from them? If Not Now and the rapidly growing movement to … Continue reading Why Kids Should Lead Our Seders This Year

#TorahForTheResistance: Purim- Remembered Fear and Commanded Empathy

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:53:59 +0000

Instead of retreating from the needy among us in fear, Purim mandates that we instead stretch out our hands and create connection.

Wanting Memories: the Tender Potential of a Men’s Hevra

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:23:28 +0000

For years now, I have searched for the melody of my masculinity in the words and poetry of women’s and non-binary folx’s songs. With this search came an implicit understanding that there was a limit the ability of men, particularly cis-men, to compose gentleness; at best, I believed, we could play out weak imitations of our siblings’ and parents’ music. The men of the hevra kadisha have taught me otherwise. Their care has shown me the possibility that men can contribute new harmonies and timbre to the ongoing composition of our people’s melody of tenderness and care for the living and for the dead.

The Value of Anonymity & Talking about Hevra Work

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:01:16 +0000

As the Chair of our congregational Chevra Kadisha, I am often asked by the mourner who they can thank for doing the Taharah for their loved one. In response, I explain that it is a time honored tradition that we do not reveal the identities of the Taharah team for any specific Taharah. For most of us on the Chevra Kadisha, it is the anonymity that is a strong attraction to being part of this group. The idea that we would be thanked for doing this work is not only strange but creates a certain anxiety. 

Dear Bubbie

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:59:36 +0000

We place you in the casket, tie a few more knots, and swaddle you up.  I know almost nothing about your life in the more than ninety years since you were first swaddled, with awe and love, the same way we are doing it now.  But you did it, Bubbie. You’ve arrived at the last event.  We close the top of the casket, which is not to be reopened.  We were the last ones to witness your physical life.  Tomorrow, the people who really know you will gather to mourn and celebrate and cry and laugh and bury.