Rabbi Emily Langowitz

Rabbi Emily Langowitz (she/her) is the Jewish Engagement and Learning Manager at the Union for Reform Judaism. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her wife, Meaghan, and their dog, Frank.

Why Do Jews Eat Fried Foods to Celebrate Hanukkah?

Rabbi Emily Langowitz
One of the most recognizable and tastiest Hanukkah traditions is cooking (and eating) fried foods. While frying up a fresh batch of Hanukkah treats is certainly delicious, this practice is also deeply rooted in the meaning of the holiday.

Take a Tour of the Torah!

Rabbi Emily Langowitz
Torah usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Running through these stories is the unique lens through which the Jewish people would come to view their world and their God.

Letting our Land Rest: Shmitah and the Release of Expectations

D'Var Torah By: Rabbi Emily Langowitz

May 10, 2022
In this week's Torah portion, B'har, we learn God's command that the Israelites must, every seven years, engage in a practice called shmitah. And every seven sets of seven, an ultimate shmitah, called the yovel, or Jubilee, year.