“What is your personal relationship to, and perspective of, God?” That’s how I remember the question being worded. I remember staring at the words. I hate writing response to vague questions. How does one concisely, accurately and with integrity explain their “personal relationship to, and perspective of, God?” I suppose it’s a reasonable question to
The reason, I believe, the Jewish people have been at the forefront of so many social movements around the world (Socialism, Civil Rights, Feminism, Environmentalism, just to name a few) is because Judaism in its origin was a social movement towards community based monotheism. The clarion call of the movement was the Sh’ma – Hear,
One of my favorite things about the Jewish is that the lines between ritual, ethical, and mundane life becomes blurred, such that many (most?) Jews do not consider it first and foremost a religion; yet to observant Jews Judaism does not necessary seem “religious” because every aspect of our life becomes influenced by our religion.
I entered rabbinical school in 2005 having no clear vision of what type of position I would hold following ordination, but knowing one thing for sure – I would never seek employment in a synagogue. Synagogues seemed so ’20th century’ to me; a relic of the past without much of a promise for the future.
At the end of Masekhet Megillah, the entire holiday cycle of Torah and Haftarah readings is recorded. Following the statement that we read Yonah at the afternoon service of Yom Kippur, it is written: Rabbi Yohanon said, ‘in any place you find the strength of the Holy One, you find God’s humility – this is