Jewish Journal

A Kippah in a Kippahless Land

By Jeremy Fine

December 31, 2013 | 2:08 pm

I have worn a hat every day of my life since I was five or six years old. I wore a hat to school, I wore a hat when I came home from work, and I wore a hat on lazy Sundays. I have had all... read on

  • Moral Expectations vs. Religious Obligations

    By Jeremy Fine

    December 23, 2013 | 9:08 am

    This past week I spent five days studying with my rabbi, Rabbi Joel Roth, at the Rabbinical Assembly’s Rav haMakshir conference in New York. We spent time talking about the ethical behaviors behind animal slaughter (note the vegetarian in me was suffering throughout) and the... read on

  • A Jewish Exploration of Halloween - The Sermon

    By Jeremy Fine

    November 4, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    Below is the sermon I gave last Shabbat at Temple of Aaron. Please note that there is a paper that has been submitted to the Conservative Movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards with credited sources and a version of that can be found HERE. Thank you to my chervuta Charlie... read on

  • Confidence in Conservative Judaism

    By Jeremy Fine

    October 22, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    This year I was lucky enough to attend and present at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Centennial Conference. It was truly an amazing experience and a Yasher Koach to all those who put it together. On the heels of the craziness (and some would say depression) of the... read on

  • 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

  • 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

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