My one-week vacation in the United States was a breath of fresh air. A whole week of conversations with family, friends, and strangers, and election-talk clocked in at about two percent.
“Mommy, if we didn’t live in the United States, where would we live?” my son asked me. His question came because his friends in school were talking about the current election. “Well, Israel.” I responded, but with a caveat: We aren’t going anywhere. While I have very strong opinions about this election, I believe it is incumbent upon us to work to strengthen and improve our society for all its citizens. If I don’t like the result of this presidential election, I believe it cowardice to turn tail and run. My ancestors didn’t survive the Cossacks in Russia, escaping to this country of empowered citizens with the ability to effect change, for me to abandon it in its time of need. And we are in great need.
Here’s a one-question pop quiz, and everyone gets an “A.” Now that this year’s Jewish High Holy Days are done, which of the following four statements most accurately describes how you feel?
In recent weeks there has been a great deal said by presidential candidate, Donald Trump, that has caused deep upset and anger among women in particular. But last week, during the final presidential debate, he shared a perspective on late term abortion that, beyond being so utterly misinformed, created a dangerous misperception that must be corrected. It also lacked any iota of compassion for the incredibly painful and heart-wrending decisions that women have had to make in the latter stages of a pregnancy.
Across the world yesterday or today, Jews celebrate Simchat Torah, the conclusion of the Festival of Sukkot. Simchat Torah is our day when we roll the Torah from the very end of Deuteronomy to the very beginning of the Book of Genesis. For many, it symbolizes new beginnings, new opportunities and new ideas for living life to its fullest. Perhaps Simchat Torah can serve as the symbol of a new cycle, a new year of learning, of stretching and of ‘living new’ and ‘acting different’.
RabbiCareers.com launched this month making it easier for a congregation, organization, or individual to find a rabbi for their needs. An easy to use job clearing house platform, RabbiCareers.com allows any community or individual to post a rabbinic position and reach a wide variety of rabbis.
Earlier this week in the Pacific Northwest we waited for a storm that wasn’t.
Death is a problem. It is death that seems to suck the meaning out of life. If it is all temporary, if after 60 or 80 or even 120 years it is all gone, then what’s the point? If all of life is leading inexorably towards a time at which it disappears like a puff of smoke, then my existence is just an exercise in futility, and I might as well never have lived to begin with.
We sat in synagogue most, if not all, of the day. We didn’t eat. We thought about the ways we missed the mark. We were steeped in the messages and ideas of Yom Kippur all day.
Who in this day and age is free of worry? Anxiety is at it all time high in this country.