Jewish People

Painful Hope

I had no idea that the day I met Ali Abu Awwad would signal a radical turning point in my ...

Founding Father

Correction: The report of Rabbi Lerner’s retirement was greatly exaggerated.* T&V was celebrating his contributions to the Jewish People that ...

Renewing Disruptive Innovation

In April, I represented ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal among #tenrabbis joining CLAL co-president Irwin Kula at the TriBeCa Disruptive ...

My Chinese Daughter’s Jewish Roots

This is the final in a short series on adoption in Jewish families. Enjoy!In 1988, I had my entire life ...

The Sounds of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds ...

Who Knows Four?

What number comes to mind when you think about a Passover seder? Probably four. Four cups of wine. Four questions. Four sons. Especially those ...

Claiming Our Spiritual Ancestry

In the year 2000, I was still a newly-minted Jew, having completed my conversion in March of 1999. As Passover ...

Passover Isn’t What it Used to Be – And Why That’s a Good Thing!

One of the most oft-repeated themes of the Torah is that we must remember that we were slaves and strangers ...

Tzom Bechorot: Why I’m Fasting Before Passover

April 3, 2015, is Tzom Bechorot, Fast of the Firstborn when first-born Jews fast before the first seder of Passover. This day also ...

Hillel, Comma, Open, and Beit Shammai

Once again HIllel has found itself in the news due to several recent events: Eric Fingerhut’s refusal to speak at ...