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  • Judaism is the particular language through which Jews address humanity

    by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 19, 2014 | 5:35 pm

    RABBI HAROLD M. SCHULWEIS was the spiritual leader of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, and author of many books, including For Those Who Cant Believe, In Gods Mirror, Evil and the Morality of God, and Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion. He was the founding chairman...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 19, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

  • A rabbi’s rabbi: Harold M. Schulweis, an appreciation

    by Ron Wolfson

    December 19, 2014 | 11:52 am

    It was the summer of 1974 when I arrived in Los Angeles. A friend told me about a rabbi in the San Fernando Valley who was transforming his synagogue into one of the most dynamic congregations in the city, if not the country. “There are a thousand people every Friday night,” he...

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  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 2:04 pm

    [Do you have a photo or memory of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis you'd like to share? Send an email here.]


    An excerpt from the eulogy of Janice Kaminer-Reznik, president and co-founder with Rabbi Schulweis of Jewish World Watch:

    Of all of the visits and conversations I have had...

  • Dying we live [1995]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 7:32 am

    When last I spoke to my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, he asked if he could borrow my kittel. He was not at home in New York but here in California and it was before the High Holidays. "You know,” he explained "the kittel is part of the tachrichim -- the shrouds in which the dead...

  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 7:32 am

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Conversation with the angel of death [1991]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 7:30 am

    The letter from Lillian came between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    "I am writing to you as both my friend and my rabbi, driven by the deep sadness and sense of disconnectedness that has gripped me since this morning's Rosh Hashanah service.

    Until this morning. I know the...

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