I have a confession to make: For a while now, I’ve been pretty anti-Jewish prayer. I know that may sound startling coming from a rabbi. But I’ve kind of been dreading Friday night services lately. All that rote Hebrew that many people aren’t following and don’t understand what they’re saying. Now that I’ve been working […]
Deciding to divorce during the December holidays created a very difficult few weeks for these parents.
In this reprint from the Seesaw, a mother wonders how to welcome her new daughter-in-law to Rosh Hashanah.
When Rebecca separated from her partner, all she wanted was to feel like she had her own home where she could express her Judaism
I wasn’t always into Judaism and my journey to become a rabbi was not typical. While I grew up steeped in Jewish tradition and community, I spent my twenties rejecting the religion of my childhood. I grew up in the Conservative Jewish movement in Schenectady, New York and to me, Judaism felt homophobic, misogynistic and […]
In late April, I attended the Consultation on Conscience, a social justice conference in Washington D.C., created and organized by the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism. I wrote about it in a previous blog, but I left out one very important detail: By some stroke of luck, I was able to get into the […]
Today in The Jewish Daily Forward, Jay Michaelson praises inclusion of LGBT Jews. “Among almost all denominations, in all geographical areas, Jewish institutions have become more inclusive of LGBT people, and, I think, have been enriched as a result,” he says. But, he points out, “Here’s who doesn’t get included: Jews who support BDS (or […]
The following is reprinted with permission from MyJewishLearning.org. We thank them for their words on this year’s Olympics which we know is weighing heavily on our readers’ minds. By Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz The more I read and learn about what has been happening in Russia, the more I am afraid for its citizens. The attention […]
In this Q&A on Seesaw, a man wonders whether marriage is in the cards with his partner or if it’s time to call it quits.
It’s hard enough for straight people to deal with a new relationship. Tack on the challenges of society’s disavowal of gay relationships, and pile on an interfaith existence, and you have the recipe for a great challenge.