This people is a diverse people. As Reform Jews, we especially celebrate that diversity. What do you do when your synagogue just doesn’t get it?
Some Jews-by-choice spend years shul shopping. Others never leave their first synagogue. But what about when you just want to stay home with your chicken?
Your relationship with Deity is a game. You’re a dot and God’s a dot. Connect those dots as you are so moved. Never put anyone else in charge of your game board.
Is Kaddish broken in Reform Judaism? Or do our diverse Kaddish practices indicate a movement willing to embrace all who are in need?
What is the appropriate way to conceive of midnight for Reform Jewish religious purposes? Halachic? Secular? Or a little bit of both?
We are a wide, diverse, and ever-changing people of this covenant. We have a duty to respect each other’s privacy. We have an equal duty to hear each other’s stories. Most of all, we have a right to tell them.
Some say Sukkot has become a marginal holiday for Reform Jews because it isn’t rooted in easily understandable rituals. But I can’t imagine a holiday more rooted in the fundamentals of being Jewish…and human.
As we Jews approach the commandments, first we do and then we year. But what happens when we *don’t* hear? And when the mitzvah in question is the Yom Kippur fast?
Our children aren’t poorly versed in organized synagogue life. They just aren’t interested. And given how religiously checked out their adult role models can be, why would we expect things to be any different?
Friday, I shared a bus shelter with a woman who looked at my yarmulke, walked over, and asked, ‘Let me just put it out there–why don’t Jews believe in Jesus?’ Here’s what I told her.