Jewish Journal

Shavuot, revisited: Five thoughts

by Rabbi Michael Gottleib

June 8, 2016 | 4:09 pm

"Ruth in Boaz's Field", 1828. Painting by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld/Wikipedia

This week, Jewish communities around the world celebrate Shavuot. Compared with Sukkot and Passover, the two other pilgrimage... read full article

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    by Eitan Arom

    June 8, 2016 | 3:51 pm

    Standing in the Western Wall plaza at the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City, Alex and Bianca Ross discussed the religious and spiritual roller coaster that...

  • Jew-by-choice Mandie Davis also chooses homeless children

    by Esther D. Kustanowitz

    June 8, 2016 | 3:39 pm

    Mary “Mandie” Davis is passionate about a number of things: her husband, Ari Kadin, helping homeless children feel special and loved, and her Jewish...

  • I lost my mom but found a family

    by Emily Strachan

    June 8, 2016 | 3:28 pm

    In 2003, I was 20 and living on the South Side of Chicago, in a dirty 10,000-square-foot warehouse with six roommates and four cats. There was a...

  • The everyday deity

    by John Crooks

    June 8, 2016 | 3:03 pm

    I was not a Jew; now I am. 

    I did not believe in God; now I do.

    In 2009, I was an atheist. By 2013, I was a theist and a Jew. Today, my beliefs live...

  • The defense of (converting for) marriage act

    by Kylie Ora Lobell

    June 8, 2016 | 2:56 pm

    Last July, I converted to Judaism after five years of studying and undergoing major lifestyle changes: I moved to a Jewish neighborhood, started keeping...

  • The rabbi and the yogi

    by Jazmine Aluma

    June 8, 2016 | 2:26 pm

    My husband, Jeremy, and I first met Rabbi Moshe Greenwald and his wife, Rivky, at a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony in Pershing Square in 2010, when...

  • The holiday of diaspora Jewry — a suggestion

    by Avraham Burg

    June 8, 2016 | 2:05 pm

    Shavuot — the Feast of the Weeks — is a modest holiday. It is one of the three biblical pilgrimage festivals, though not as central and celebrated as...

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