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Tzedakah: Valuing Human Dignity as Envisioned in the Torah

By Rabbi Howard Alpert  Parshat Re’eh For many Jews, tzedakah is the quintessential Jewish act. Whether it is accomplished by simply putting a coin in a pushke...

Wandering a Method for Finding One’s Way Through Life

By Rabbi Jill L. Maderer Parashat Eikev In a recent article in The Economist, “Immersive Experiences, the Future of Philanthropy,” a study explores the impact...

Beyond Rote: Shema Pathos Often Taken for Granted

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Va’etchanan Although I can certainly recall the moments in my Jewish experience that made my soul soar with inspiration and kavanah,...

Old Models of Jewish Legacy Institutions No Longer Working, Experts Say

The research and statistics are in, and the message to Jewish legacy organizations — those longstanding community institutions that historically have held fast to...

Cry Out Eicha! and Ask Ayeka? (Where are You?) on Healing Path

By Rabbi Simcha Zevit  Parshat Devarim This Shabbat, Shabbat Chazon (Shabbat of Vision), falls just a few days before Tisha B’Av, the holiday commemorating the destruction...

Remember That Time Is on Your Side: Choosing Possessions Over Promise Has Consequences

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Matot-Masei There is a pronounced human tendency to reach for the short-term pleasures of life, when we know that it is...

American Rabbis Brush Off Being Named on Chief Rabbinate’s ‘Blacklist’

The question of “What makes someone Jewish?” just got a whole lot dicier. More than 160 rabbis from 24 countries appeared on a list released...

Success of Zelophehad’s Daughters Instructive to Those Who Protest Today

By Rabbi Robyn Frisch Parshat Pinchas I took my 11-year-old daughter to her first protest last week. It was a post-Shabbat demonstration outside Israeli Prime Minister...

Openness Provides Opportunities for Learning, Supporting Others in Need, Such as Muslims

By Rabbi Linda Holtzman Parshat Balak Balak is a study of openness. When told to curse the Israelites, when his leaders make clear that Israelites...

Take Time to Grieve; Rituals May Help the Process

By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman Parshat Chukat When death comes to your beloved parent, partner, sibling, child or friend, you feel hollowed out. Nothing makes sense. You...