On the 9th and 10th of the month of Av in the year 70, the Roman legions in Jerusalem smashed through a fortress and into the Holy Temple and set it afire. In the aftermath, many Jews believed that Judaism itself was shattered beyond repair. Read more
The fundamental model of Tisha B'Av is a reenactment of the tragic history of ancient Judaism. Jews relive the stages of destruction of the First and Second Temples as well as the loss of Jewish sovereignty. Read more
A number of midrashim use Moses as an example of what constitutes ideal leadership. It is relevant to assess leadership in the Jewish community today in view of these midrashic descriptions. Read more
Before you tell a truth that can cause only pain, ask yourself why you should tell it. There are times when a pretty lie is preferable to an ugly truth. Read more
“How did the Jews become a global people?” “They got pushed around a bunch.” “They had to go to different places.” Indeed.
Its ribs and wings night. I’m with my husband and eight month old son for two weeks at the camp where my husband and I met and fell in love.
Last week I stood in a room full of Jewish leaders who made me hopeful about the future of the Jewish world. These leaders—from 16 Jewish day schools,...