Jewish Journal

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

  • Valuing the Reform perspective in the Pew report

    December 4, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    The historian Simon Rawidowicz wrote a famous essay in which he described Jews, with our constant fear of extinction, as the “ever-dying” people. He wrote the essay approximately 60 years ago. Does that make him wrong or prophetic?

    It seems that every few years, a major Jewish...

  • Jews: the ever-dying people

    October 9, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The historian Simon Rawidowicz wrote a famous essay in which he described Jews, with our constant fear of extinction as the “ever-dying” people.  He wrote the essay 27 years ago, does that make him wrong or prophetic?

    It seem that every few years, a major Jewish leader or study...

  • Sending a Message

    November 28, 2012 | 10:57 pm

  • Voting with your feet

    October 24, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    The existential philosopher Soren Kierkegaard famously observed, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Often the same is true of Torah. Sometimes in order to understand what is happening now, you have to know what has happened before.

    In this...

  • A Tale of Two Videos

    September 15, 2012 | 8:40 am

  • Circumcise your hearts

    August 8, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Consider the artichoke for a moment. It is an odd but instructive vegetable. An artichoke is prickly and surrounded by an armor of leaves protecting the soft center, the heart of the food. Boiling or steaming it loosens the protective leaves, permitting you to pick them off one by...

  • Why I love Jews by Choice

    May 23, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    The first conversion I ever performed as a rabbi was for a 45-year-old father of two who was in the final stages of liver cancer. John, who was born to a Jewish father but raised Protestant by his Christian mother, was so stricken with his disease at this point in our yearlong...

  • Back Story

    May 8, 2012 | 4:26 pm

  • More than skin deep

    April 25, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    Yuck, skin disease! This has been the cry of many a bar and bat mitzvah student when informed that this week’s Torah portion will be their Torah reading on their big day. I empathize with them, for I have had the same reaction in preparing this column. But as is so often the case...

  • Religious vs. Spiritual

    March 23, 2012 | 6:45 pm

  • Religion as a Restaurant

    March 21, 2012 | 10:44 am

  • Lew The Jew

    January 20, 2012 | 6:55 am

  • Just breathe

    January 18, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    In this week’s Torah portion, we meet a frustrated and dejected Moses. God’s reluctant leader of the Jewish people cannot convince Pharaoh to free the Israelites from bondage, no matter how emphatically he proclaims, “Let my people go.” Pharaoh doesn’t budge; in fact,...

  • The day you become redundant

    June 14, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Parenthood is ultimately about becoming redundant in your child’s life. It’s difficult to comprehend as you hold your newborn baby in your arms, but if you do your job as a parent correctly, your services will ultimately no longer be necessary.

    The art and the joy of parenthood...

  • Weiner’s Problem is Our Problem Too

    June 10, 2011 | 5:23 pm

  • There’s a blog for that

    June 1, 2011 | 3:04 pm

  • About

    May 5, 2011 | 3:00 pm