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New Year to Start with Renewed Sense of Tikkun Olam

The notion of tikkun olam and its imperative to fix a broken world is one that certainly resonates with many Jews. All the more so...

Upcoming Harvest an Analogy for Repairing a Fractured Society

By Rabbi Nathan Martin  Parshat Ki Tavo Declarations matter. In ancient times when we gathered our harvest and brought our first fruits to the Temple —...

How Do You Like Them Apples (and Honey)?

The signs indicating the season of pumpkin spice are appearing. No really, literal signs. Coffee chains are advertising the return of the signature fall latte....

Rewards and Redemption

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin PARSHAT KI TETZE This Shabbat, the 11th of Elul, marks 47 years to the day of one of the most transformative moments...

Jewish Groups Boycott High Holiday Call With Trump Over Charlottesville Comments

(JNS.org) Four major American Jewish organizations — including three rabbinic associations — announced they will not participate in an annual conference call with the...

Ancient Call to Action Resonates in Today’s Troubled Times

By Rabbi Alanna Sklover  Parshat Shoftim This week, one of the most well-known verses in the Torah arises to challenge us once again. The words of...

Israel Advocacy Begins with Loving Appreciation in the Classroom, Educators Say

Building support for Israel is engrained in every Jewish day school across the country. So advocacy for the Holy Land begins at a young age,...

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,...