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Book review Questioning Belief: Torah and Tradition in an Age of Doubt – The Times of Israel

| July 19, 2024

In her groundbreaking book Off the Derech: Why Observant Jews Stop Practicing Judaism; How to Respond to the Challenge, Faranak Margolese observed that one of the primary reasons young people leave religious observance is that many of their serious questions about faith and belief remain unanswered. And for many, its not just that their teachers left them unanswered; they were mocked and shamed for asking them. For many students, asking challenging questions related to Talmud study is rewarded with praise.

When the political stakes are high, Judaism doesn’t place all the responsibility on a single charismatic leader – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| July 6, 2024

This article initially appeared in My Jewish Learnings Shabbat newsletter Recharge. To sign up to receive Recharge each week in your inbox, click here.

Leap of faith: please drive to shul – Jewish News

| July 6, 2024

I wonder how many Jews in this country get the feeling that the way they live their authentically Jewish lives is not acceptable to others? Driving to the synagogue on a Shabbat morning, but parking around the corner so the rabbi doesnt see your car, is one example I often hear. To examine the concept of authentic Judaism, we must go back to one of the great sages

Jewish Identity After October 7th – Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

| July 6, 2024

Alexa Herman 03 July 2024 Writing to you a little early this week ahead of the holiday. Im looking forward to celebrating with family and friends tomorrow, and hope you are too. Of course, my mind is also on another key date: October 7th, and on those we continue to support in Israel

Following internal drama over Israel, Reconstructionist Judaism affirms support for progressive Zionism and 2-state … – JTA News – Jewish…

| July 6, 2024

About six weeks after its internal discord over Israel spilled into public view, Judaisms Reconstructionist movement has issued a statement reiterating its support for progressive Zionism, the existence of Israel and the two-state solution.

Reviewing ‘How the West became antisemitic’ by Ivan G. Marcus – The Jerusalem Post

| July 6, 2024

Armed pilgrimages against distant Muslims were pointless, complained Peter the Venerable, abbot of Cluny, to Louis VII, King of France, in 1146, when Jews, who were right in our midst, blaspheme, abuse and trample on Christ and the Christian sacraments so freely and insolently and with impunity. This view, according to Ivan Marcus a professor of Jewish history at Yale University, and author, among other books, of The Jewish Life Cycle: Rites of Passage from Biblical to Modern Times; and Rituals of Childhood: Jewish Acculturation in Medieval Europe provides evidence of assertiveness among Jews in medieval Europe: a story that has not been told before. In How the West Became Antisemitic, Marcus claims that Jewish challenges, real and imagined, to the dominant Christian majority produced a society that was antisemitic in new ways between 800 and 1500 and has remained part of European cultural identity in the modern era

Jewish Federation hosts Members, Friends, Campers for July 4 event at Temple – Oklahoma City Sentinel

| July 6, 2024

Oklahoma City -- On July 4 Eve, the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City hosted an Independence Pool Party providing food and fun for Members, Friends, Families. The event drew many youngsters and parents participating in a venerable local tradition, Camp Chaverim, will (like the pool party) is held at Temple B'Nai Israel.

Amateur detectives are invited to join search for a lost Jewish library looted by the Nazis – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| July 6, 2024

On the eve of World War II, the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies in Berlin embodied an avant-garde era for the study of modern Judaism and philosophy, hosting students from the leading thinker Leo Baeck to Czech Jewish writer Franz Kafka to the first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas. It was also home to one of the worlds largest and most important Jewish libraries about 60,000 books of theology, history and literature that reflected the diversity of German-Jewish society before the Holocaust.

Letters to the Editor The Ten Commandments, Pride Month, Judaism, religion in schools – The Dallas Morning News

| June 27, 2024

Moral framework vital Re: A Poster Wont Help Students need moral instruction, not unconstitutional Ten Commandments signs, Tuesday editorial. Thank you for your beautifully expressed editorial on the importance of moral education in our schools

The Reform movement’s decision to admit intermarried rabbis is good. Truly welcoming them would be great. – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| June 27, 2024

Ive been advocating for 15 years for Hebrew Union College to admit rabbinical students in interfaith relationships. As the founder of organizations that advocate for interfaith families Jewish engagement, I heard the voices of interfaith couples who wanted to feel that they could belong in Jewish settings and were discouraged by policies and statements that demeaned their relationships. I have shared papers with the administrators stating their caseand privately lobbied HUC faculty members and administrators to adopt a policy based on the inclusion that liberal Judaism needs to thrive in a future that is already here


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