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The Upper West Side Rabbi Who Moonlights as a Hollywood Actor

By On September 14, 2016

Maybe you saw him at synagogue discussing Maimonides. Or on the Upper West Side of New York City, ordering his favorite falafel platter. But if you have a keen eye, you could… Read More

Turns Out Rav Kook Was a Vegetarian Renegade
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Turns Out Rav Kook Was a Vegetarian Renegade

By On August 31, 2015

  While vegetarianism is not an official tenet of Orthodox Jewish belief, certain scholars feel the Torah suggests that Jews should abstain from eating meat. Abraham Isaac Kook—the late Torah scholar, and… Read More

Helen Keller Had a Rabbi?
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This Just In: Helen Keller Had a Rabbi

By On August 14, 2015

No, Helen Keller didn’t make a late conversion to Judaism. But an amazing discovery a few days ago by archivists at Mississippi’s Institute of Southern Jewish Life reveals a connection historians didn’t… Read More

A Rabbi (and Movie) for All Your Sexual Hangups
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A Rabbi (and Movie) for All Your Sexual Hangups

By On August 4, 2015

“You think a rabbi could teach you anything about sex?” asks director Ricardo Adler. It’s a fair question. Adler has made a spiritual and sensuous documentary called The Lost Key that explores… Read More

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The Ancient Rabbi’s Secret Diary

By On October 29, 2014

Some people fill their diaries with secrets and desires, others with the details of nighttime angel rendezvous.In 1646, such a diary appeared. Titled the Maggid Mesharim, or “Preacher of Righteousness,” the odd and mystical… Read More

Single, Pregnant, and Rabbi
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Single, Pregnant, and Rabbi

By On July 9, 2014

Julie Greenberg was a single lesbian in Reconstructionist rabbinical school in the eighties, and she was ready to start a family. Eventually, Rabbi Greenberg found a sperm donor, and got pregnant. She ended up having three… Read More

The Prime Time Jewvangelist on a Website Near You
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The Prime Time Jewvangelist on a Website Near You

By On February 26, 2014

Rabbi Leah Levy has a problem: no one is showing up for services at her temple. But why? Should she blame the cantor, a wannabe pop star who believes he has “good looks,… Read More

Lrusty the Clown's Rabbinic Lineage
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Krusty the Clown’s Rabbinic Lineage

By On February 13, 2014

Just as the Colorado town in South Park has its resident schlemiels, the Springfield of The Simpsons has its very own Jewish clown: Krusty, of course. Let’s reminisce. The third season’s beloved “Like Father, Like Clown” finds Krusty the Clown… Read More

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The Yom Kippur Debut of the Girl Rabbi of the Golden West

By On September 12, 2013

Yom Kippur 1890 was a typical day for Jewish repentance but an extraordinary day for Jewish women: It was the first time a woman delivered a sermon from the pulpit. Addressing a mixed gathering of Orthodox and Reform… Read More

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The “Yeah, Yeah” Philosopher

By On January 15, 2013

Few have better embodied the intersection between rabbinical thought and Western philosophy  as well as the late American philosopher and ordained rabbi Sidney Morgenbesser (1921-2004). Morgenbesser’s academic focus may have been on the humanities, but he… Read More

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Open with a Joke

By On September 7, 2012

It’s a common rule of public speaking: Tell a joke, and you loosen up the crowd. This idea isn’t a recent one–it can actually be found in the Talmud. “Before he began his lesson to the… Read More

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Ben Sorer U’Moreh

By On August 1, 2012

Think kids today have trouble with authority? The Torah (Deuteronomy 21:18) tells the story of a ben sorer u’moreh, a “stubborn and rebellious son” who “doesn’t hearken to the voice of his father or mother.” Let’s just… Read More

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