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  • Where Was Sandy? The Koufax Midrash

    By Jeremy Fine

    September 12, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Midrash is text behind the biblical text. It helps bring biblical stories to life so Jews can better engage with their religion. But Midrash, in many cases, can feel like reality. Rabbis often teach these stories as if they are a part of Jewish history. While Judaism is made up of... read on

  • Pray For Two Minutes This Holiday

    By Jeremy Fine

    September 3, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    A college student seeking guidance came into my office two weeks ago to discuss Judaism. After about an hour of talking he looked at me and asked, “Rabbi when do you have time to find a moment to yourself to pray.” It’s funny that he asks that because I often joke about the irony... read on

  • reTURNING to Ramah

    By Jeremy Fine

    August 15, 2013 | 5:43 pm

    Fifteen years ago was my last summer at Camp Ramah (as a camper at least). I have returned to camp since my days as a camper; including six summers as staff along with visits to show my wife a little slice of the Judaism that resonates with me the most. This year I returned to... read on

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  • The Kashrut of Dodger Stadium is Jewish America’s Issue

    By Jeremy Fine

    July 7, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Last week I was at Dodgers Stadium for the first time. While I think my wife is starting to take a liking to my hobby of traveling the country to see baseball stadiums, we found ourselves in an awkward situation. At Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles, the second largest Jews community... read on

  • A Rabbi’s Rabbi

    By Jeremy Fine

    May 23, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    This week I sat in on a conversation, organized by various leaders in the St. Paul Jewish community, with Rabbi Rick Jacobs the President of the Union for Reform Judaism. In this meeting Rabbi Jacobs discussed the influence his rabbi, Rabbi David Hartman z”l, had on his personal... read on

  • The Social Media Rabbi

    By Jeremy Fine

    April 23, 2013 | 10:31 am

    As social media continues to expand, ironically in more concise platforms, I often wonder what the role of an individual rabbi is on social media. Should a rabbi be on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tout, etc. or should s/he remain in the confines of the synagogue walls and community... read on

  • Synagogue Swap

    By Jeremy Fine

    March 29, 2013 | 10:10 am

    The Jewish Theological Seminary used to conduct a program called Seminary Shabbat. In short, JTS provided a modest stipend to a student while a synagogue flew that student to their community for a Shabbat. I did several of these and my responsibilities ranged from delivering... read on

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