“Children of One Ancestor” – The Talmud on Being Human

In this passage from Talmud Sanhedrin 37a, the Rabbis turn to one of the best-known stories in the Torah – the story of the creation of the world – in order to teach an important lesson about humanity: Why was Adam created alone? To teach that anyone who destroys one soul is considered as ifContinue reading ““Children of One Ancestor” – The Talmud on Being Human”

A Prayer for the People of the Land

A Prayer for the People of the Land By Rabbi Micah Streiffer and Rabbi Judy Schindler As Jews, today we celebrate the anniversary of the secular date on which Israel’s Independence was declared, May 14, 1948. On this day, seven decades ago, a modern day miracle was born. On this day, our people danced inContinue reading “A Prayer for the People of the Land”

Who’s Afraid of a Big, Bad Flag?

Last month, at the Chicago Dyke March (an annual LGBT Pride parade), several Jewish marchers were expelled from the march because they carried flags with Stars of David, reminiscent of the flag of Israel. The organizers of the march defended the move, declaring that that “Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology” and that the flagContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of a Big, Bad Flag?”

Causeless Hatred and the Jewish State: Have We Learned Our Lesson?

What, I’m not good enough to be blacklisted?? Those were the words with which I jokingly feigned righteous indignation last month when the Israeli rabbinate released its “blacklist” of rabbis from whom they will refuse letters of Jewishness for new immigrants. Others of my colleagues had similar amused responses: congratulating those who did make theContinue reading “Causeless Hatred and the Jewish State: Have We Learned Our Lesson?”

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