By David J. Steiner, Ed.D. ASHAMNU: we have been guilty, BAGADNU: we have betrayed, GAZALNU: we have stolen, DIBARNU DOFI: we have spoken falsely. Maybe it is time to look in the mirror and say KEYSHALNU: We have failed. We have failed because we have made Yom Kippur a … [Read more...] about Nu! Teaching the “We” in Yom Kippur
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By David J. Steiner, Ed.D. One of the benefits of having a lunar calendar that doesn’t sync up with the civil/gregorian calendar is that we start our Hebrew/religious school year at slightly different times in the Jewish year. This year, we are fortunate to have a month of s … [Read more...] about Lessons for Teachers from Hamilton and Some Dead Rabbis for the New Jewish Year
By David Steiner I am a Zionist, a liberal Zionist, a “beautiful soul” as my detractors would have it, and “I will not die but live” (Psalm 118:17) because my mission is too important. I am an heir to that divine command, “Walk in my ways and be innocent (Genesis 17:1).” And I … [Read more...] about If James Brown were a Jew: Say it loud…
By David Steiner There are pearls of wisdom in Rabbi-Professor David Hartman’s 1982 essay Auschwitz or Sinai but, just as he would like (need) to argue with his teacher Soloveitchik, I feel compelled to revisit David Hartman who, I am certain, would not like his work to become … [Read more...] about Auschwitz or Sinai? Revisited
By Dr. Caryn Aviv and Dr. Karen Erlichman David Steiner recently wrote a provocative piece in this forum. As a secular Jew, Steiner was responding to feeling excluded by the use of the word ‘spiritual’ in Jewish spaces.’ Steiner argued that being secular is akin to being queer … [Read more...] about This is Your Jewish Brain on Trauma