To Be Sure (0)
Another Father’s Day come and gone. I guess after forty, I feel the regrets I thought I could live with for the rest of my life with greater intensity as the rest of my life starts to arrive.
A wise woman once said to me, ‘The inherent nature of Jewish tradition is to wrestle with the status quo, not to be the status quo.’ I have her to thank for inspiring the personal statement that I submitted with my successful rabbinic school application. Here is that statement.
The more we try to lessen the struggle and claim certainty as Jews, the more we needlessly cut ourselves off from each other.
On why Ryan and I came back from five days at Walt Disney World in Florida loving California’s Disneyland Resort even more than before.
How much of a rabbi is the person she or he was before beginning rabbinic school? How much of a rabbi fundamentally changes along the way? And maybe more importantly, stays the same?
Jews of all ages together, doing Jewish together, for the sake of Jews of all ages. Could that be the real remedy for the ongoing crash of Jewish affiliation?
So a week ago I applied to rabbinic school. Here’s what I learned today.
I’ve either just done the stupidest thing I’ve ever done in my life, or five and a half years from now I’ll be Rabbi Doyle.
No one has the right to tell you who you can and cannot love. So why do denominational rabbinic programs attempt to make that decision for their students?
2/22/13 •The Amidah Project: Three a Day the RJ Way
10/28/12 •The Amidah Project: Modeh Ani (Video)
6/18/13 •“Why don’t Jews believe in Jesus?”
6/11/13 •Is It Idolatrous to Claim Certainty about Religious “Facts”?