Thursday, September 3, 2015 Elul 19, 5775

Rabbi Rachel Brown explains why two rabbis chose to use a non-Jewish egg donor to make a Jewish baby, and Rabbi Adam Lavitt welcomes the discussion about different options in how to create a family.

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Rabbi Richard Hirsh wonders if Jewish texts and teachings ever lead us to a position different from those we already hold, and Rabbi Jill Maderer responds, looking to Pirke Avot to help us find a way to broaden and challenge our thinking. 

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Rabbi Kevin Bernstein explores why rabbis have been slow to understand that synagogues are no longer the defining institution for American Jews, and Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin suggests ways rabbis and synagogues need to reinvent themselves for the 21st century.

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