Shavuot

Ruth… In Other Words

Last summer, when I joined Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel (ASBI), the local Modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, I discovered ...

Neighbors and Strangers

I received a hate call two weeks ago. It came right after I had had the honor of offering an ...

Why Do So Many Jews Ignore Shavuot?

Shavuot has become the Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays. It gets no respect. Maybe even worse than not getting the ...

Our Bat Mitzvah Celebration With The Community

We live in a provincial community in the UK and like in many provincial communities, attitudes towards women’s involvement in ...

How Should We Write About Tragedy?

Heartbreaking news from the U.S. Violence against gays. The worst mass shooting. Hints of international terrorism. How should my fellow ...

Prayer & Mourning

Yesterday, like many others in our community this month, I marched in a Pride Parade. The day began with the ...

Greek Burekas, A Treat at Shavuot or Year-Round

The Shavuot holiday is upon us. We celebrate our becoming a people committed to living the gift of receiving and ...

Soulfood for Shavuot

Shavuot is one of the rare Jewish holidays that really specifies a dairy meal. READ: Why Do We Eat Cheesecake on ...

Funding Innovation is Nice. Now Let’s Redistribute Wealth.

It is wonderful that we in the Jewish community are funding innovative initiatives. There are so many interesting ideas around ...

A Shout-Out to Shavuot

If you ask me, Shavuot doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Judaism has a lot of holidays, and it’s understandable ...