Rabbi Harold Schulweis
Harold Schulweis is the senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He is the founder of Jewish Foundation for Rescuers and the author of <i>For Those Who Can't Believe</i>.
Articles by Rabbi Harold Schulweis
The Burial and the Image of God
Prompt burial of the deceased helps to preserve the dignity of the human being, who is made in the image of God, even in death.
The Problem: Token Conversions for Interfaithless Marriages
Assimilation has created a profound disconnect between Jews and their religion that deeply disturbs the author and impels him to experiment with new solutions.
One Solution: A Pluralistic Outreach-Inreach Program
The author proposes that only an active program that combines inreach to "faithless" Jews and outreach to unchurched spiritual seekers can revitalize the Jewish community.
The Hidden Matzah
What is viewed as a game by children can have deep significance for adults.
The Ethics of Family Inclusion
Who we invite to a simcha (celebration) reflects our sense of family identity.
Why the Minyan? Community and Brit Milah
The customary quorum of 10 represents the community and its obligations to the child.
Baby Naming and the Covenant
A covenant ceremony welcomes a child into the community of humanity as a developing moral agent, responsible for working to perfect the world.
While some meaningful life events go by without any ritual to mark them, too often rituals take place without the participants experiencing any significant meaning.
The Ethics of Burial and Mourning
The Jewish approach to death and mourning reflects a two-part ethic: the equal treatment of rich and poor in death, and the importance of channeling, and then limiting, our mourning.
The Role of Community in Life Cycle Events
Private rites can lead to a stronger connection to community.