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  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • Time to end ‘Top Rabbis’ list

    By Dennis Prager

    March 28, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Kudos to the Jewish Journal and writer Danielle Berrin for a fair and balanced article about Newsweek magazine’s “America’s Top 50 Rabbis” list. Given the prominence of Los Angeles rabbis at the top of the list, one might have expected the article to cheerlead on its behalf. But...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous named top U.S. rabbi

    March 21, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Rabbi Sharon Brous, spiritual leader of IKAR, a nine-year-old independent congregation in Los Angeles, was named America’s Top Rabbi for 2013 by The Daily Beast.

    Brous has been on the list of America’s 50 Top Rabbis , previously published by the now-defunct Newsweek, every year...

  • Is the Newsweek rabbis list good for the Jews?

    March 14, 2013 | 5:59 am

    One night some years ago, two powerful Jewish men in media, one from New York and one from Los Angeles, were walking together through the streets of Jerusalem when they hatched a little idea. 

    Michael Lynton, then CEO and co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and his longtime...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous blesses inauguration

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2013 | 11:38 am

    Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR offered blessings on Jan. 22 at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., which traditionally is held the day following the official inauguration.

    “Elohei ha-ahavah, God of Love,” Brous began, addressing...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gordis, Brous, Fiscal Cliff

    December 6, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Seeking Balance

    I think that the strongest refutation of Rabbi Daniel Gordis (“When Balance Becomes Betrayal,” Nov. 30) and also of David Suissa (“War and Bickering,” Nov. 30) came from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who brilliantly used impressive intelligence gathering and...

  • Rabbi Wolpe on Gordis vs. Brous: Don’t judge the rabbis’ Torah

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 4, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Rabbis Daniel Gordis and Rabbi Sharon Brous are both friends of mine, good friends, long time friends.  I have studied with them and debated with them and treasure their character and commitment.  So it was with dismay that I read Mark Parades, a Mormon with close ties to our...

  • Letter to the Editor: Rabbi Sharon Brous vs. Rabbi Daniel Gordis: Betrayal or compassion?

    December 3, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    To the editor,

    Equating Rabbi Brous with Rabbi Gordis is almost laughable - if it weren't so sad.

    Brous is soft on Israel. Read her LAJJ article after the pro-Israel (Flotilla) rally organized by the Israeli Consulate a few years ago, where she equated the rally with a Lakers...

  • Rabbi Gordis v. Rabbi Brous: Rabbis in the ring

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    Who knew that this year’s most exciting Thanksgiving week sporting event would be a rabbinic version of “Celebrity Deathmatch”?

    The Gordis-Brous feud had all the grit and coarseness of MTV's now-defunct claymation show in which two celebrities nastily sparred in a wrestling ring...

  • Peace and protection

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    November 29, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    I have tried to figure out why Rabbi Sharon Brous’ thoughts left me empty when I read them. As Rabbi Daniel Gordis has written, there is nothing objectionable in them. In fact, as I read her e-mail word-for-word many times, I found that I agreed with her completely regarding...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous vs. Rabbi Daniel Gordis: Betrayal or compassion?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 29, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    When Rabbi Sharon Brous first read an essay by Rabbi Daniel Gordis, a colleague and former teacher, accusing her of betraying Israel, she was shocked and angry, she said. Nevertheless, her initial instinct was to refrain from feeding the publicity machine.

    Gordis’ article, posted...

  • All the families of the Earth

    November 29, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    A living Judaism demands an exquisite balance between inside and outside, concern for our own and concern for the other, particularism and universalism. From era to era and generation to generation, the balance point shifts. But as long as Jewish life holds fast to both, it...

  • Lowering the bar

    November 29, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Rabbi Danny Gordis brought the discourse on Israel to a new low this week. In a missive against me in the Times of Israel, Gordis, a former teacher and friend, a person for whom I have for years had deep affection and respect, accuses me of betrayal against both the State of Israel...

  • When balance becomes betrayal

    November 29, 2012 | 11:55 am

    Universalism, Cynthia Ozick once noted, has become the particularism of the Jews. Increasingly, our most fundamental belief about ourselves is that we dare not care about ourselves any more than we can about others. Noble Jews have moved beyond difference.

    This inability to...

  • Heartache: an email from Rabbi Sharon Brous

    November 29, 2012 | 11:35 am

    It has been a devastating couple of days in Israel and Gaza. 

    I believe that the Israeli people, who have for years endured a barrage of rocket attacks targeting innocents and designed to create terror, instability and havoc, have the right and the obligation to defend...

  • War and bickering

    By David Suissa

    November 28, 2012 | 10:31 am

    As the missiles were flying last week between Israel and Gaza, verbal missiles were flying between two prominent Jews: Rabbi Sharon Brous in Los Angeles and Rabbi Daniel Gordis in Jerusalem. 

    The crux of their dispute: What is the appropriate Jewish response when the Jewish state...

  • Brous, Gordis exchange heated words on Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 20, 2012 | 11:12 am

    Rabbi Sharon Brous, leader of Ikar, a spiritual and social activism community in Los Angeles, and her colleague and friend of many years, Rabbi Danny Gordis, locked horns this week in a passionate and personal exchange of articles in the Times of Israel about what it means to...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 12, 2012 | 10:55 am


    This year, we return to the wisdom offered by our rabbis during the High Holy Days in years past.  What follows are excerpts from some exceptional sermons and High Holy Days writings; many more voices could have been included, of course, but we hope this will inspire you to...

  • Where’s the struggle?

    By David Suissa

    November 20, 2008 | 2:07 am

    I feel cheated. I've always been told that Judaism is all about the struggle -- the struggle with God, with ourselves, with ideas.

    I've been told that Judaism embraces the tension between opposing views; that a key part of being Jewish is the ability to hold onto, even nurture, this...

  • David Light: ‘It’s a tricky balancing act’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:45 am

    It's Friday night at IKAR, and David Light can't pray.

    On this hot and sticky Shabbat, a few hundred people pack the Westside Jewish Community Center auditorium, davening with fierce intensity to the deep patter of drumbeats. Light sits in the second row, watching his wife, Rabbi...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous wins $100,000 award for ‘Inspired Leadership’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 3, 2008 | 9:52 pm

    Since Sharon Brous, 34, founded her alternative synagogue four years ago, IKAR's young rabbi has frequently been identified as an innovative spiritual leader, someone successful at engaging disaffected younger Jews by marrying Torah learning with progressive social action.

    Brous has...