Jewish Journal

A Nunciation

By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

March 25, 2014 | 3:38 pm

Today is Annunciation, the day on the Christian calendar that marks the announcement by the angel Gabriel that Mary would conceive and become the mother of Jesus aka Son of God.  This... read on

  • Babes in Ashes…

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    March 10, 2014 | 8:48 am

    To my left, a woman in fuchsia taps an iPhone with her acrylic nails. To my right, seven mosaics depict the seven Stations of the Cross. Behind me, a pasture of grazing spiritual sheep of every color, race, shape, and size. Before me, a woman engulfed by a robe leads the entrance... read on

  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter... read on

  • Traif Shabbat

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 18, 2014 | 10:54 am

    I chose a Seventh Day Adventist church for several reasons:

    1 – They meet on Shabbat.  Like Jewish Shabbat.  Like they are Christians who follow Old Testament.  I liked the parallelism of this as a starting point.

    2 – Their former pastor, Ryan Bell, began a blog... read on

  • A Year of Living UnJewishly

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 1, 2014 | 10:49 am

    In the beginning, meaning starting today, I will spend a year living unJewishly.  I will check off the spiritual but not religious box, will hang with the none-of-the-above or all-of-the-above millennials and their spiritually non-specific peer-group, will seek some greater power,... read on




Rabbi Lori Schneide Shapiro: Founder of The Open Temple centered in Venice, CA (www.opentemple.org), Lori’s rabbinate is dedicated to reaching unaffiliated and intermarried...

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