Rabbis Without Borders

Rabbis Without Borders is a dynamic forum for exploring contemporary issues in the Jewish world and beyond. Written by rabbis of different denominations, viewpoints, and parts of the country, Rabbis Without Borders is a project of Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

When I Light Shabbat Candles

Some Friday nights I light candles at 9 pm. No, I don’t live in Alaska or Scandinavia. I’m talking about ...

What Shahs of Sunset Can Teach Us About Judaism

Picture Reza, a Persian Jew, standing with a dead goldfish reciting Kiddush, the blessing over the wine. What does Kiddush ...

Mission at the Mexico-US Border

Human beings have devised many rules of three. Perhaps we are physically programmed to create these rules because our bodily ...

Anti-Zionism = Antisemitism? Not Necessarily!

What if a Palestinian state is absolutely out of the question?

Recreating the Rabbinate

In recent weeks, I was struck by a couple of conversations that got me thinking about what we do as ...

When Veterans Die – Do the Words Still Have the Same Meaning?

Over the past month, there has been much conversation about veterans: the observance of our annual Veterans Day, the lack ...

What would you fight for?

A conversation about necessary battles at Hanukkah

Why Go on a Retreat, Anyway?

When I was studying for the rabbinate at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College back in the ’90s, I decided to take ...

Sustainability: The New True Meaning of Hanukah

The history of Hanukah may be fixed for all time. But the meaning we find in Hanukah? That changes, year ...

RWB and Glean’s Rabbi Elan Babchuck’s Ted Talk!

We are excited to share with you Elan Babchucks recent TEDx talk in which Elan eloquently mixes data, story and wisdom ...