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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... 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

  • 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

  • Old Stomping Grounds

    By Jeremy Fine

    March 4, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    Last week I returned to New York to attend a conference for the first time since commencing my pulpit in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had lived in New York for the better part of seven years, mostly while in Rabbinical School. During that time, not only did I make close friends but I... read on

  • Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah: After Sunday Mornin’

    By Jeremy Fine

    February 20, 2013 | 8:50 am

           Yesterday, when I saw Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah Save the Date it was up to about 1,400 YouTube views and when I checked back this morning it was at 60,000. Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah has gone viral and I expect it to be over 100,000 views by the end of the day. Much has been said about... read on

  • The Holy Job Interview

    By Jeremy Fine

    February 10, 2013 | 8:34 am

    Right around this time last year began the craziest month of my life. The Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative Movement’s international body of rabbis) began interview week at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Interview week consisted of soon-to-be graduates of both the JTS Rabbinical... read on

  • Walk Alone

    By Jeremy Fine

    January 23, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    Many musicians have written about the idea of walking alone. For example, Green Day’s song Boulevard of Broken Dreams begins, “I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don't know where it goes, but it's home to me and I walk alone.” I can identify with these... read on