Intra-Faith

A Priest and a Rabbi Walk onto an Aircraft Carrier: A Call to Serve God and Country

As the Jewish world continues to change more rapidly and radically than rabbis and Jewish professionals can wrap their heads around, many leaders have to re-evaluate what their rabbinate will look like. If you’re dreaming for that big city congregational pulpit position, then you might be dreaming for a while. Today’s Jewish community, much like […]

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By Wikipedia Loves Art participant "shooting_brooklyn" [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

When in Rome, Do as the Progressive Roman Jews Do

I was late to Rosh Hashanah services at Beth Hillel, Rome’s new progressive Jewish community. I meant to leave my apartment at 6pm but I scooted out the door by 6:45pm, realizing that the mistake would cost me 22 euros in cab fare. On the way up the Janiculum Hill I remarked how beautiful the […]

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Pointing Fingers Just Won’t Cut It

This blog post was originally written in the Spring of 2014 but has since been revised. While this particular topic might feel a bit dated for myself, I realize this is not dated for so many and felt it important to still share. Earlier this year the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.) released […]

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Attribution: By Guillaume Paumier (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We Have No Water

Israelis control Palestinian water resources, directing two-thirds of it to Israeli settlers who use three times the amount of water Palestinian homes do. Palestinians must buy their own water back from Israel. Israel also controls the flow to the private family cisterns, and families receive a refill once every five days. My host family corrected […]

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New York City, 7.21.14, photo courtesy of Ilanit Goldberg

Noticing the Shadow of the Cross

As a rabbinical student and someone who wears a kippah every day, I think of myself as being pretty comfortable with being Jewish. Since starting to wear a kippah in public in 2009, I have gradually grown more and more comfortable with being publicly Jewish and religious. While I have been harassed for being Jewish […]

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Hospitality or Friendship ?

These days there is a lot of talk of hospitality in the field of theologies of religions.  Some time ago I presented a paper at the global congress The World’s Religions after September 11 on the concept of interfaith friendship as a bridge for peace.  As I read and reflect on the use of the term […]

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Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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Beware Standby Mode

Earlier this month, State of Formation and the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies graciously offered me the chance to join them in a tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum followed by a discussion of Holocaust education and the phenomena of collaboration and resistance, especially among people of faith.  It was, to say the least, a […]

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On Loving the Stranger — Parashat Kedoshim

This week, we are returning once more to Parashat Kedoshim, filled with its many interpersonal mitzvot. In the opening verse of the 19th chapter of Leviticus, God enjoins us to be holy, for God, Godself, is holy. The chapter then lays out ways in which we are to be holy, including proper ritual and interpersonal […]

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On Divine Exile and the Sacred Act of Welcoming (Part II)

This post is a continuation of Part I. It is my intention to now explore and explicate concrete ways in which we, as individuals and communities deeply concerned with the well-being of others and of our world at large, can transform the physical world and our sacred communities such that they become sanctuaries for the […]

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