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The problem of evil and us

by Rabbi Paul Kipnes

October 23, 2014 | 10:24 am

So Noah heard God’s warning that the floodwaters were coming, understood that God would “take care” of the evil within his generation, and without second thought, began building the ark.... read full article

  • Rabbi Avi Weiss to step down as rabbi of Hebrew Institute of Riverdale

    by JTA

    October 17, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Rabbi Avi Weiss, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, announced that he will step down as rabbi of the congregation.

    Weiss, who has pushed a religiously progressive agenda, made the announcement Thursday during holiday services. Weiss said his retirement would...

  • The few. The proud.
    The Jewish Marines.

    By Jared Sichel

    October 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Sitting at the front of a small room inside a nondescript building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Navy Lt. Aaron Kleinman was dressed in a uniform rarely seen on these grounds: On top of his gray suit, dress shirt and tie, Kleinman’s head was covered by a kippah and his...

  • Simchat Torah: Celebrating Torah’s ending and beginning

    by Robin Bratslavsky

    October 14, 2014 | 10:17 am

    People are drinking, singing and dancing. It’s loud and crowded. No, you’re not at a bar — or even a bar mitzvah. It’s Simchat Torah. 

    The holiday celebrates the culmination of the year’s Torah readings and is, quite literally, a time to rejoice. 

    “I love that Simchat Torah is...

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  • Rabbi’s coming-out highlights dramatic shift in Conservative Judaism

    by Anthony Weiss, JTA

    October 13, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Gil Steinlauf, a nationally prominent Conservative rabbi, made headlines this month when he announced to his large Washington, D.C., synagogue that he is gay, and that he and his wife of 20 years would divorce. As surprised as his congregants at Adas Israel may have been by the...

  • Fasten your seat belts: The drive-thru sukkah awaits

    by Julie Wiener, JTA

    October 13, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Last week we reported on the pedi-sukkah — essentially a tricycle rickshaw with a sukkah attached, designed to bring the holiday of Sukkot to the people.

    But for those on-the-go types who prefer to travel through, rather than in, their (very) temporary dwelling, there’s another...

  • Poem: Freestyle, on the first of Tishri

    by Enid Shomer

    October 7, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    The metaphor here is the pool, regular

    and deep as the tradition itself. First I float,

    still and buoyant in what I don’t

    accept. Then I shatter the surface, a scholar

    dissecting text not to destroy but to enrich,

    a farmer plowing and disking the earth

    before planting....

  • Living with birth and death in the balance

    by Rabbi Jocee Hudson, Temple Israel of Hollywood

    October 7, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    This summer did not turn out like I imagined it would.  I know that life rarely does. 

    I imagined that my summer would be filled with preparations for the baby that my wife Rook and I are expecting in November.  And, it was.  We created a baby’s room in our home, took birth...

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