by David Breakstone A beautiful summer day in Budapest by a tranquil park on the Danube. An incongruous backdrop to the harrowing account we are listening to of events that transpired here on a freezing winter day 67 years ago. In an excerpt from Yair Lapid’s biography of his father, Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, the 13-year-old future Knesset member is being marched out of the ghetto with his mother and hundreds of other Jews to the edge of the frozen … [Read more...] about Keep Dreaming: A Zionism with No Future
by Rabbi Jason A. Miller Like every other rabbi around the world I am currently hard at work on my sermons for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I've always enjoyed writing and public speaking, so this exercise is enjoyable rather than stressful for me. However, finding the right words to inspire the congregation during this time of year can be challenging. The basic themes of the holiday haven't changed in thousands of years: forgiveness, … [Read more...] about Do Politics Belong in Sermons?
by Yossi Prager Rosh Hashana is considered a Day of Awe, the result of it being a day of divine judgment. However, a little-known biblical story mandates that it is also a joyous day, for reasons that remain relevant today. The story begins some 2,500 years ago, on Rosh Hashana in 444 BCE, 70 years after the Second Temple had been completed (see Chapter 8 of the Book of Nechemia). A tall wooden platform was constructed on the Temple … [Read more...] about Why Rosh Hashana is Also a Day of Joy: A Personal Reflection
by Eric Levine Many of us have followed the dialogue about innovation with intense interest, especially discussion about insufficient funding and the demise of organizations in the Jewish innovation sector, such as J-Dub. Over and above this specific case, we should all lament the passing of innovation projects. I had an experience of my own many years ago (too many!) when I created a student-led organization providing social support and … [Read more...] about Building the Innovation Community
by Bruce DeBoskey More than 800 years ago, Moses Maimonides, known by many as Rambam, a rabbi, physician and philosopher, described eight rungs on the ladder of charitable giving. Remarkably, his approach is still pertinent to contemporary thinking about philanthropy. The first rung, at the bottom of the ladder, is reserved for donors who donate grudgingly - giving with the hand but not with the heart. These donors rarely act with a … [Read more...] about Ancient Ladder of Giving Can Guide Modern Philanthropy