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  • 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...

  • A Prayer for Tucson

    January 14, 2011 | 10:12 am

    On this Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song,

    We sing to God a song of grief

    For innocent victims

    Cut down too soon.

    May their memories be a blessing,

    May their lights shine brightly upon us.

    Gather them into Your eternal shelter, God,

    Your shelter of peace.

    We sing to God a...

  • Prayers for Obama to die

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 18, 2009 | 4:40 pm

    Not sure if this is a reference to what Pastor Steven Anderson had to say in September—“Why should his children be fatherless and his wife left a widow, as we read in this passage?”—but CafePress is selling shirts and coffee mugs and bumper stickers that say “Pray for Obama” and site...

  • Adding prayer services to healthcare bill

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 16, 2009 | 2:32 pm

    It seems most the coverage of the healthcare-reform bill has focused on the abortion amendment hailed as a “major pro-life victory.” But this provision, mentions by the Los Angeles Times, is worth giving a second glance:

    The measure would put Christian Science prayer...

  • Lodi council votes to keep on praying

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 3, 2009 | 6:48 pm

    I’ve mentioned before that, at least in California, government organizations run the risk of being sued if they mention Jesus’ name when opening a meeting in prayer. A Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in 2000 that the practice was unconstitutional, and higher courts declined to...

  • Prayer before sex

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 8, 2009 | 11:45 am

    This headline may require a double-take: “Give us this day our daily… Catholic church issues prayer for faithful to say before sex.”

    It’s not really that strange. Maybe unlikely to actually be done in the heat of the moment. From the Daily Mail:

    The prayer, which appears in the...

  • E-indulgences: Pay and pray

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 26, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    “We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots.“

    Remember when the comedian Louis CK said that to Conan? Well, he wasn’t think of the pay-and-pray computer service, but I think we can lump it in:

    Information Age...

  • Obama’s inner spiritual circle

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 16, 2009 | 1:45 pm

    President Barack Obama has yet to settle on a new church for his family. But he’s found five pastors he can turn to for prayer and political insight. Looks like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright didn’t make the cut. I don’t see Father Michael Pfleger either.

    The New York Times story reports:...

  • Pray first, then save the world

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 21, 2009 | 2:13 pm

    The party is over, and now it’s time for President Barack Obama to get started on saving the world—or at least let us know he never was the Messiah. He started today, his first full-day of presidential work, with one last inaugural festivity:

    The Obamas, the Bidens and the Clintons...

  • ‘Praise God and pass the bailout’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 8, 2008 | 2:51 pm

    That’s auto industry bailout. And this story, courtesy of Reuters and via Holy Weblog!, is about a Detroit church parking SUVs at the altar and praying for a bailout of the Big Three:

    “We have never seen as midnight an hour as we face this week,” the Rev. Charles Ellis told several...

  • Who shall live and who shall die: God’s iPhone, Rosh Hashanah 5769

    September 26, 2008 | 11:49 pm


    On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
    And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
    How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
    Who shall live and who shall die,
    Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not,
    Who shall perish by water and who by fire,
    Who by sword and who by wild...

  • Sunday afternoon flag

    By The Web Guy

    September 25, 2008 | 3:50 am

  • Is our fate really sealed? Is change possible?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 25, 2008 | 3:19 am

    These are nervous-making times.

    No, I'm not talking about the damage the capital campaign may do to you, or -- at my temple, anyway -- whether you'll find a parking place for services, which is enough to make anyone want to reach for a Xanax.

    What I mean is this protracted season...
  • Gay shul’s blessing for anonymous sex *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 18, 2008 | 1:55 pm

    Oh my. JTA has a shocking feature about a new blessing a gay synagogue in San Francisco has developed for anonymous sex:

    Among the most innovative—and controversial—aspects of the siddur soon to be released by San Francisco’s main gay synagogue is a prayer for “unexpected intimacy.”...

  • How I returned

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2008 | 2:25 am

    In the fall of 1989, I took a class on Chasidic thought with a Chabad rabbi. We met in a room in the annex of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I wanted to learn about Judaism, but I hated going to synagogue services. They bored me. So I took classes, learned Hebrew, even...
  • ‘Palin’s Pastor Urges Flock to Pray for the Press’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 8, 2008 | 1:04 pm

    When I first saw the headline—Palin’s Pastor Urges Flock to Pray for the Press—I thought: Well, prayer is meant to comfort the afflicted and the press do exist to afflict the comfortable, but has Pastor Larry Kroon really had it so bad over the past week that he needs God to reign in...

  • A short, prayerful post

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 5, 2008 | 2:53 pm

    I saw this tweet from AudioJT yesterday and I thought it was pretty beautiful:

    “Old Anglican prayer - Lord, what we know not…teach us. What we have not…give us. What we are not…make us, for your sake… Amen”

  • Name dropping God at the RNC

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 5, 2008 | 2:12 am

    I’m not much for political speeches, and wasn’t so mesmerized by John McCain tonight. Green-screen malfunction aside, I enjoyed hearing McCain drop the biggest name that’s been mentioned throughout the presidential election season: God.

    McCain has had an at-best-tenuousrelationship...

  • ‘Prayer isn’t boring—you are’

    September 3, 2008 | 9:48 pm

    Jews often complain that prayer is boring. Young people resist going to synagogue -- and older people drift away from prayer altogether -- because they find it to be a chore.

    In response to these oft-repeated criticisms, Rabbi Harold Schulweis once offered from the pulpit an...

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