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Still Hungry for Peace

By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

1 week ago


Talmud Bavli, Taanit 26b:
FIVE MISFORTUNES BEFELL OUR FATHERS ON THE SEVENTEENTH OF TAMMUZ : THE TABLES [OF THE LAW] WERE SHATTERED, THE DAILY OFFERING WAS DISCONTINUED, A BREACH WAS... read on

  • Good Shabbos and Happy Fourth!

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    3 weeks ago

    So I’m recently back from London, a wonderful city where I went to attend a celebration at Leo Baeck College of 25 years of LGBT rabbis.  I love traveling for many reasons, not the least of which is finding out again and again that I can land in a strange place, walk into a... read on

  • What Does Judaism Teach About the “Lone Gunman?”

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    What do we mean by ‘crazy’?  Is crazy the same as insane?  Is insane the same as mentally ill?  Can loneliness drive a person crazy?  Are “socially isolated” people mentally ill?


    It terrifies me to read Elliot Rodger’s “manifesto”; really, his auto-biography which documents a... read on

  • 12 Years A Slave Could Have Been Set in Los Angeles Today—and We Can Do Something About It

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 6, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    Imagine that you are promised a great job by recruiters who wine and dine you and whisk you out of town—not to the lucrative gig you were promised but into terrifying captivity.  You find yourself trapped in a strange place without any identification or anyone who knows who you are... read on

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  • The Arc of History is Bendy, But It Wobbles Toward Justice

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 28, 2013 | 5:47 pm

    This week, the US Supreme Court vitiated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and then ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-gender marriage, unconstitutional.  This, in my opinion, meant a step backward and then a step forward for civil rights.

    ... read on
  • It’s Happened!

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 14, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Thanks to HaShem and to all my beloved teachers and friends, it's happened.  On 2 Tammuz, June 10, I received smichah and was ordained a rabbi and teacher for the people Israel.  (I guess I'm going to have to rename this blog pretty soon.  Any ideas?)

    Here is an edited version of... read on

  • Bangladesh: Is It Time for a Heksher Tzedek On Clothes?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    May 1, 2013 | 9:07 pm

    A couple of weeks ago, we read in Parashat Kidoshim (Shmot 19:19) that we are forbidden to wear “shatnetz.”  Our rabbis take this to be what is referred to in Devarim 22:11, fabric that combines wool and linen.

    At first glance, this prohibition appears to be entirely a hok, a... read on

  • Honoring Teachers of Freedom on Pesach

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 31, 2013 | 4:01 pm

    In this season, when we celebrate freedom and the honor of obligation, let’s remember two rabbis who exemplified those values.  The two teachers I have in mind were contemporaries and, for a while, neighbors.  Orthodox Rabbi Sabato Morais and Reform Rabbi David Einhorn led... read on

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