Jewish Journal

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

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    3 weeks ago

    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

  • 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

  • Come Meet the Landsmen (and Women)!

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 7, 2013 | 3:26 am

    So I’ve been quiescent lately, what with school and thesis and flu and an internship at a real live synagogue.  The last year of rabbi school is b@t5hit nuts.

    But now I can offer a chance to talk in person! (Yeah, I know, be still your heart.)

    On this coming Sunday, March 10,... read on

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Rabbi Robin Podolsky is an Educator at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock.  Before she became a rabbi, she worked as a press secretary to an elected official, a...

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