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  • Responding to Allegations of ‘Totalitarianism’ and to Other Saner Remarks About my Kotel Story

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 9, 2013 | 8:17 am

    My Sunday article, Anat Hoffman Might Be on the Verge of Becoming a Jewish Hero, made some waves, and for good reason. In it, I lay out what I largely believe is going to be the "deal" that will be offered to resolve the issue of Western Wall grievances. Talks between the head of...

  • Praying For Change

    By Ilana Angel

    March 26, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    I pray everyday.  I wake up in prayer and go to sleep in prayer.  A lot of time it is not a prayer as much as it is a conversation with God.  I talk about what is going on so I can put it all out into the universe and hope it comes back in a way that makes things better.  Lately I...

  • What’s So Special About Rabbi Sharon Brous?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 16, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Last weekend we were privileged to have Rabbi Sharon Brous from Ikar speak at our congregation and at a couple of other events in the area. We all agreed she was fabulous, but it got me to wondering what, exactly, sets her apart from so many other rabbis?

    I’ll start out by saying...

  • Fight for women’s equality at the Western Wall fails to move secular Israelis

    December 27, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Few American tourists to Israel forget their first visit to the Western Wall. They put notes in the cracks, whisper prayers and take photos against the backdrop of Judaism’s holiest site.

    But Kobi Bachar of Tel Aviv can't remember the last time he visited.

    “I was there maybe 10...

  • Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency to look into women’s prayer at Western Wall

    December 26, 2012 | 9:13 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked the Jewish Agency to come up with a solution for non-Orthodox women's groups that want to pray at the Western Wall.

    Netanyahu asked the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, to examine the issue, the...

  • A prayer of healing from the tragedy in Newtown

    December 20, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Our hearts are breaking, God,
    As our nation buries innocent children and brave teachers.
    The loss is overwhelming.
    Send comfort and strength, God, to grieving parents,
    To siblings, family and friends in this time of shock and mourning.
    Shield them from despair.
    Send healing...

  • Despite mounting criticism, Western Wall remains in haredi Orthodox hands

    November 28, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Sitting in his office 20 feet above the Western Wall Plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is unperturbed by the simmering tensions below.

    For years, Israeli and American Jewish groups have agitated for greater religious freedom at the Wall, which currently allows for only Orthodox...

  • Six women detained for wearing prayer shawls at Western Wall

    November 15, 2012 | 9:12 am

    Six women were detained by Jerusalem police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall as more than 100 women gathered there for the monthly Women of the Wall service.

    The detainments Thursday, on the first day of the Hebrew month Kislev, follow the arrest at last month's...

  • Day 85 - Why I’m Reading the Whole Talmud… Again

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 8, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I have been struggling to write a post since I came down from the Mt. Sinai-like high of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium, when we completed the seven and a half year cycle of reading the Talmud (click here for my Jewish Journal cover story about that experience).

    I have kept...

  • Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness

    November 6, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about Sandy’s destruction, the recovery and...

  • Light at the End of the Tunnel

    By Ilana Angel

    October 30, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    I am having one of those days.  I am over thinking, over analyzing, over stressed, and over tired. I don’t do well when I’m not in control, and I am faced with a series of things that require time to sort themselves out. Patience is not my forte, so you can imagine how hard waiting...

  • Jewish Agency committee calls for new approach to Western Wall prayer

    October 30, 2012 | 9:47 am

    A Jewish Agency committee has adopted a resolution calling for a "satisfactory approach" to prayer at the Western Wall.

    The resolution passed Tuesday during the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meeting in Tel Aviv, reads in part: "Whereas Jewish women and men, of all...

  • Jews asked to pray for end to Iranian nuclear threat

    September 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Jews are being urged to pray during Yom Kippur services for an end to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America are asking their congregations to dedicate time during their High Holy Days services despite the fact that “Yom...

  • Notes removed from Western Wall

    September 10, 2012 | 9:13 am

    The Western Wall was emptied of layers of notes from its cracks and crevices for the New Year.

    The notes were removed Monday morning under the supervision of the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, who ensured they will remain confidential. They will be buried.

    At the time of the removal, the rabbi said a prayer asking God to fulfill the requests contained in the notes.

    The notes are removed from the wall twice a year, before Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

  • A Shabbat prayer for the victims of the Sikh shooting

    August 8, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    This prayer was written to recite for the victims and survivors of the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.  Rabbi Naomi Levy, spiritual leader of Nashuva, wrote the prayer on behalf of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which distributed it to congregations...

  • My Blog is My Prayer

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 1, 2012 | 8:00 am

    If you asked me whether I pray, my initial reaction would be, “Of course I do. I pray at services on Friday night and Saturday morning. Every morning I say ‘Modah Ani’ to thank God that I am still alive. I pray every day.”

    In a sense, those prayers aren’t my prayers. They...

  • With special prayers and kosher food, Jewish London embracing Olympic spirit

    July 30, 2012 | 2:50 pm

    For Leslie Lyndon and the London Jewish community, it was a minor miracle.

    When Lyndon carried the Olympic torch through a north London neighborhood last week, it was more than representative of how Jewish Londoners have embraced the Olympic spirit. This was five years since Lyndon,...

  • Football, Prayers & Faking it for Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 24, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    If you are going to date an Englishman, you have to like football (soccer).  By like it of course I mean pretend you like it so as to impress him.  I have been pretending to care about this game for months and it has been exhausting.  It started out with my blatant faking of...

  • Baseball and G-d

    By Julia Bendis

    March 29, 2012 | 10:39 am

    I trust in G-d
    I love my Country
    And will respect its laws
    I will play fair
    And strive to win
    But win or lose I will always do my best

    This is the pledge the players chant before every Little League game, including my twelve-year-old son.  Not only do I cringe every single time I...

  • Is Prayer for Activists?

    March 22, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Our basic premise as activists is human responsibility. We, not someone else, must step up to create change in the world. To turn to others before ourselves is for cynics and critics not change makers. What about prayer? Is it a cop out? I would suggest that prayer offers us three...

  • iPad app for Reform prayer book is launched

    March 20, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    The iPad app for the Mishkan T’filah, the Reform movement’s daily prayer book, was launched.

    The new application, which costs less than $5, was launched at the annual gathering of the Central Council of American Rabbis that began Sunday in Boston. More than 500 rabbis from North...

  • Life, Death, Love, Hate, Faith & Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    March 19, 2012 | 9:34 pm

    It has been an interesting 24 hours.  A series of events have made me examine my life and the future of my child.  It has also made me look at how I am living.  Life is fragile, the world is unstable, and no dream should ever be left unfulfilled.  I want to live bigger and better.


  • Obama grounds financial reform in ‘love thy neighbor’ at National Prayer Breakfast

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 2, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning—and not the People’s Prayer Breakfast—President Obama grounded his push for financial reform in the Bible. Specifically, Obama said:

    And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main...

  • The stones of our faith

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 27, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    I’m the dry-eyed one in the family.  I’m the one who gives the eulogies at funerals because I can get through them without breaking down, the one who doesn’t need tissues to watch “Beaches” or “Terms of Endearment”.  I come from a family who buys stock in Kleenex, going...

  • Friends, Love, God & the High Holidays

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2011 | 2:45 am

    I love my friend Rachel.  We met at Temple and over the past three years have become very close.  She is Canadian too, so what’s not to love?  Rachel knows every prayer and every song, from every Jewish holiday.  I like to think I know my stuff, but this chick rocks when it comes...

  • Right Now, Kids are Dying, Because They Are Gay

    By Ilana Angel

    September 23, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    Right now, while I write this, a child is in his or her room, crying because someone at school called them a faggot, or would not sit next to them on the bus, or they did not make a sports team, because they are gay.

    Right now, while I write this, a soldier is serving in Iraq,...

  • Prayer and justice work: the perfect complements

    September 22, 2011 | 11:33 am

    In contemporary Jewish discourse, the worlds of the synagogue and the worlds of service and advocacy sit far apart. The former is a place of introspection, of prayer and of relationship with God. The latter is a place of action and engagement in the world.

    Many of us distinguish...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time


  • A Mother Who Loves Her Child and a Child Who Loves Her Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    July 29, 2011 | 10:43 am

    It is Friday and I have never looked so forward to a weekend in my life.  My son will be home from vacation on Monday and so this weekend will undoubtedly be painfully long.  I am so excited for him to come home I could bust.  It has been 4 weeks and I want him back.

    I was thinking...

  • Amid unrest, rethinking $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid to Egypt

    February 8, 2011 | 2:02 pm

    The consensus on U.S. assistance to Egypt is that it has delivered bang for its buck: The $1.3 billion in annual defense aid has stabilized a key ally and strengthened America’s profile in the Middle East.

    But in the wake of massive unrest that could unseat Egypt’s autocratic...

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