By Rabbi Alon Meltzer Every organisation goes through the journey of trying to understand the impact they are creating. Understanding the legacy that they are leaving behind. Figuring out what product they are trying to create. The issue of ‘why’ is a pressing one. We often have the what, how, where, who, but it is the why that is allusive and imperative. In November 2019, a colleague and I spent time in New York City meeting with … [Read more...] about What Does Impact Look Like?
By Rabbi Jeffrey Myers After surviving the worst massacre in the history of the Jewish community in the United States, I and many have pondered if we should celebrate Purim this year. That is not to say that we would ignore the three mitzvot associated with Purim and enumerated in Megillat Esther: hearing Megillat Esther read publicly; Mishloach Manot (the exchange of gifts); Matanot La-evyonim (taking care of the neediest). All three mitzvot … [Read more...] about Should we Celebrate Purim?
By Doron Kenter The Babylonian Talmud, in Tractate Shabbat (31a), recounts the famous story of the man who came to the Sage Hillel, asking to be converted on the condition that he could be taught the entirety of the Torah while standing on one foot. Hillel’s (perhaps somewhat passive aggressive) response began with “That which is hateful to you do not do to another; that is the entire Torah, and the rest is its interpretation.” Importantly, … [Read more...] about Go and Learn: Talmudic Guidance for Site Visits and Philanthropic Partnerships
By Rabbi David Minkus and Rabbi Ari Moffic We have noticed that many Jewish adults who are trying to describe their Jewishness go to a negative place first. They see themselves as the proverbial “bad Jew” as opposed to being proud and confident about their Jewish identity and expression. The reasons for this are varied but are often based on the premise that we aren’t doing enough. We don’t observe the commandments, we don’t belong to … [Read more...] about We are Open to the Community
By Sasha Dominguez On the first day of religious school this year, I introduced myself to the class. “Hi, my name is Sasha Dominguez, I am going to be your teacher.” One of the students in my class responded, “Dominguez? That’s not a Jewish last name?” My students, like so many young Jews, are not getting any explicit education on what it means or looks like or sounds like to be Jewish in the United States today, despite the fact they are in a … [Read more...] about I am Jewish AND…