The Relationship Between Prayer and Your Imagination
When the words of liturgy are taken too literally, the sacred power of prayer is often lost. In his latest book, Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman offers a way worshipers can transcend the limitations imposed by language.
Glimpsing the Jerusalem Above
When in Jerusalem, I try to tap into both its earthly and ethereal realms – the Jerusalem below (Yerushalayim lamata) and the Jerusalem above (Yerushalayim lamala).
1938 Home Movie Bears Witness to a Lost Jewish Community
How Does Israel’s National Character Shape Our World?
If you don’t believe that one can speak of “a national character” or “the Israeli mind,” Alon Gratch’s provocative new book The Israeli Mind: How the Israeli National Character Shapes Our World
Standing Tall at Selichot
My mother and father were just about the same height, but somehow she always seemed taller. Maybe it was the shoes or maybe the way she carried herself in a proud but not superior Boston kind of manner.
Darkened Skies, Blue Skies: A September 11th Reflection
It was a beautiful August morning, the temperature a comfortable 70 degrees. I was riding on my favorite flat, a road that extends for miles along the shoreline. My legs felt strong, and despite the gusting head wind, I was setting a fast pace.
Galilee Diary: Renewal
Your sons and daughters shall prophesy; your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
- Joel 3:1
Suffering in Silence: Jews, Therapy, and the Stigma of Mental Illness
I was 20 when I learned that my first love had committed suicide. His death shattered me, both mentally and emotionally – but it also saved my life. You see, in the months leading up to his suicide, I had been planning my own.
9 Principles to Help You Engage Jewish Youth
These nine guiding principles to engage youth were developed by numerous congregations and synagogue professionals in our collaborative work with them. We share them with congregations and use them to inform our own ongoing efforts to develop new camps and year-round programming.
Jews and Campaign Buttons: A Time-Honored Tradition
During the last 100 years, political parties and commercial button makers have designed buttons to attract the votes of American Jews.