TIME Ideas Religion, Hypocrisy, and Obamacare Eric Yoffie was President of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1996 to 2012. Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, hes probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small.
A Book Made Me Question Everything The Heresy: The book that almost changed Avi Shafrans mind. A cottage industry of memoirs detailing their writers journeys from restrictive ultra-Orthodox upbringings into the embrace of resplendent enlightenment and freedom has sprung up in recent years. Reading samples of the genre always reminds me of my own abandonment of the Jewish religious tradition in which I had been raised.
The path between the secular world and highly observant Judaism is a two-way street. The baal tshuvah travels in one direction, but he or she may be taking the place of someone who has abandoned Orthodoxy.
Image via Shutterstock.com Theres a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism
Coming to America, Returning to Judaism Beatrice Garrard, summer 2013 Steiner student, recounts her family's history, addressing the pogroms in Odessa, child labor in New York, tragedy in World War II, and her own search to reconnect…
51st Annual ISNA Convention August 29 – September 1, 2014 in Detroit, MI. Image via ISNA What happens when Jewish and Muslim leaders set their minds to engage in dialogue, and then move beyond dialogue to social action, prayer and friendship? When we first met in February 2008, another question asked in good humor was, What took so long for us to meet?
Rabbi Mosheh Twersky, scion of two of Orthodox Judaisms most storied families and a well-known teacher himself, lived a life of Torah and prayers. He died while worshiping Tuesday in a Jerusalem synagogue, wrapped in a prayer shawl and with a black box holding scripture affixed to his forehead, part of the morning ritual of the Orthodox Jew.