Jewish People

City Mouse, Country Mouse: Is Jewish Continuity a Fable?

I’m a city girl from North America, used to big city Judaism. I have grown up and worked in cities ...

Exceeded Expectations

There is a famous story in the Talmud that describes several rabbis arguing about whether a fellow’s oven is fit ...

Drawn to the Light

One of my favorite poets, a slam poet named Vanessa Hidary, asks, in one of her remarkable pieces in which ...

For My Camper, Ezra Schwartz

As I approached the Temple Sinai of Sharon, Massachusetts the words of King David’s Psalms could be heard from the ...

Jamming in Jerusalem with My Landlady’s Husband

My name is Sandra Lawson, and I am rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. I’m spending this semester in ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

As an irrepressible, even relentless, optimist, I hold great hope for Jewish life in America. I wonder if that is because ...

Embracing Unity, Not Uniformity

The High Holiday season just ended. A spiritual, emotional and communal journey through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot culminated ...

Crossing Borders and Connecting Jews

Talking about your country seems like such a simple task: culture, food, costumes and art. But when you come from such ...

Weekend at the Beach

In the Beginning, the friendship of three rabbis was created and nurtured at an annual Rabbis Without Borders alumni retreat.My plan was to enjoy a ...

Transforming our Curses into Blessings

In (and out of) synagogues, campuses, JCCs, summer camps and religious schools, people are developing opinions about hot-button issues. As ...