Jewish Journal

  • Eyes open and eyes shut: A pre-High Holy Days meditation

    by Rabbi Marc D. Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Paul Gaugin, the famous 19th-century French artist, commented: “When I want to see clearly, I shut my eyes.”

    He was referring to two different ways of perceiving reality. With our eyes open, we see surface reality — size, shape, color, etc. But with our eyes shut, we contemplate...

  • Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, 32 countries tell UN


    July 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

    Some 32 countries wrote a letter to a committee of the United Nations General Assembly in support of Israel’s bid to have the international body recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday.

    The letter, dated June 30, was sent to the General Assembly’s Committee on Conferences on...

  • For new dad, a stronger bond from circumcising son

    by Debra Rubin

    July 16, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Natan Zaidenweber thought the mohel was kidding. His wife, Linda Raab, thought it was some kind of religious formality and didn’t give it a second thought.

    But the mohel, Cantor Philip Sherman, was serious. Although most fathers demur when he invites them to perform the bris on...

  • How to shrink your day school tuition bill by $163,000

    by Uriel Heilman, JTA

    July 14, 2014 | 4:26 pm

    When the parents of three school-age children sat down with their financial adviser to try to figure out how to minimize their anticipated private school tuition bill of $810,000 through high school, they came up with a plan that shrunk the bill by $163,000.

    How’d they do...

  • Remembering Reb Zalman, a blessing

    Rabbi Stan Levy

    July 9, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Reb Zalman), an ordained Lubavitch rabbi,  founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most profound and important Jewish thinkers of our age, was born in Zhovka, Poland ( now Ukraine), in 1924 and died on July 3, 2014, in Boulder, Colo....

  • Zalman Schachter-Shalomi brought old world gravitas to New Age Judaism

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    July 7, 2014 | 10:13 am

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was one of the world’s most innovative and influential Jewish spiritual leaders.

    To his followers, he was their Chasidic rebbe. But what other rebbe had dropped acid with Timothy Leary and dialogued with the Dalai Lama?

    Schachter-Shalomi, who died...

  • Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, father of Jewish Renewal, dies


    July 3, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the father of the Jewish Renewal movement, has died at age 89.

    A maverick rabbi who started out in the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Schachter-Shalomi transitioned over time toward a New Age, neo-Chasidic approach, gaining a substantial following on...

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