All congregational leaders are looking for the magic formula to success, the one that will ensure that their members are happy, engaged, and Jewishly fulfilled, and that their budgets are balanced.
As a teen in 1966, I was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter (O-S) disease, a ligament inflammation characterized by a painful bump below the knee that worsens with activity.
In the Torah portion T’rumah, the word “tavnit” or “pattern” occurs three times, referring to a visual model or maybe a blueprint to follow in building the Tabernacle.
Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher helps us understand why the language of disability is such a powerful determinant of social attitudes, from prejudice to pride.
At a very young age, I absorbed the message that illness and disability were things to be ashamed of, and so I hid my troubles in shame. In short, I cheated myself.
Just a few days after the first yahrzeit of my friend and mentor, I can’t help but recall how she influenced my life and the legacy she left behind.
Learn Torah from NFTY-ite April Springer, winner of this year’s Blickstein D’var Torah Competition.
Recently, a Haredi’s hard hat box fell on my head. The metaphor was stark: female rabbinical student bashed by a symbol of religious hegemony she’s long rejected.
American Jewish leaders used to insist that there is no such thing as “Jewish politics,” but their actions tell a quite different story.