The Old Shall Be New and the New Shall be Sacred

This quote from Rav Kook (the first Chief Rabbi of Israel) is the theme for this year’s convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which I am attending in San Francisco. The convention, obviously, is about embracing the future and all of its social implications for Judaism. For example, we heard yesterday from JoeContinue reading “The Old Shall Be New and the New Shall be Sacred”

New Jews… Old Idea

The “New Jews” article is making its way across cyberspace. Check out for this story, about the new, innovative, radical ways that Jewish Gen X’ers and Millenials are connecting to Judaism – through tattoos, hip-hop, meaningful Jewish learning, and technology. I have one word in response….DUH. First, let me say that I think there’sContinue reading “New Jews… Old Idea”

The Next Jew Thang…

Last week, Rabbi Niles Goldstein – author of Gonzo Judaism and The Challenge of the Soul – spoke here at Shabbat services. He spoke about the importance of “being grounded,” using Picasso and Miles Davis as examples. As he writes in The Challenge of the Soul (p. 60): Pablo Picasso learned how to draw conventionalContinue reading “The Next Jew Thang…”