Posts Tagged ‘Judaism’

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The Lost Summer

Managing Editor’s note: all Contributing Scholars begin writing by answering the following question as their first post: Why are you committed to building relationships with those from different religious or ethical traditions? Their answer to this question is below. This year, the summer warmth never seemed to arrive in New England. Normally, I’m rather pleased; […]

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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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The Valley of the Shadow of Death – Seeking a Jewish Afterlife

A month ago, my mother-in-law’s brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Tom (may his memory be for a blessing), was far too young, too healthy, and too committed to his family for anyone to accept his sudden death as anything but a shock. When leaving the funeral, my mother-in-law, Linda — who is a catholic […]

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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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Stylized world map in the shape of a clover-leaf (the three classical continents of Europe, Asia, Africa), with Jerusalem at the center, with additional indication of Great Britain, Scandinavia and America / the New World. By Henrich Bunting. 1581. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

My Jerusalem: A Personal Reflection

Under the glare of the midday desert sun, I gaze at the life teeming below me. From my perch on the ramparts, I can see the sun sparkling off the brilliant gold of the Dome of the Rock. Jewish men and women are bowing and crying and caressing the cool stone of the Kotel. Children […]

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Living A Dual Religious Identity

Managing Editor’s note: all Contributing Scholars begin writing by answering the following question as their first post: Why are you committed to building relationships with those from different religious or ethical traditions? Their answer to this question is below. I’m used to being the only Jew in the room. I normally take it with a […]

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Why Are There So Many Secret Atheists?

Recently I attended a meeting for atheists and agnostics. The primary purpose of the group, as I understand it, is to function as a community of support. To start the meeting everyone was asked to introduce themselves by relating their religious history. Having just recently written about my how my religious history is unusual for […]

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Lessons from the Dojo #2: Moving Beyond Regret

See the first post here. Religion and guilt go hand in hand for many people. We often assume that true repentance and transformation can only be come from feelings of shame and remorse. But in my experience, guilt can all too easily become debilitating. It leads to stagnation and depression, not growth. In fact, lasting […]

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Genocide and Others

After visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem I must have been visibly upset.  An Israeli woman who was part of our tour group, knowing my Jewish heritage, approached me to ask who in my family was killed.  When I answered that my family had immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century […]

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Lessons from the Dojo #1: Silence

My journey as a Jewish seeker really began in the martial arts training of my youth. I will always remember as I stood deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at the end of my black belt test, a brick lying broken on the rocks between my feet, looking out into the vast expanse of forest […]

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