Today is May 23, 2022 / /
Where in France did you grow up?
I grew up in Strasbourg. It’s in France, near Germany.
What was the Jewish environment like there?
I grew up in an Orthodox environment, so I’ve been learning Jewish texts in a Jewish environment since I was born.… Read the rest
“LONGMEADOW — Thirty-five-year-old Rabbi Max Davis was installed as rabbi at B’nai Torah here in September 2011. Davis had served as spiritual leader of the Modern Orthodox congregation since August 2010, and the installation marked the first time he would serve as a head rabbi…” Read the full article at masslive.com… Read the rest
Five women chosen at Ohio’s Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, which installed first female president in 2013. Rabbi Truboff’s Ohio Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, has elected an all-female slate of officers.… Read the rest
By Rabbi Dov Linzer for The Jewish Forward
The realities of quarantine and sheltering-in-place during these last few months have created challenges for the halakhically-observant community. Halakhic decisors have issued their rulings, responding appropriately and sympathetically to these unprecedented realities.
What has largely been absent, however, is a serious engagement with the person asking the question; sympathetic psak is not the same as collaborative or empowering psak.… Read the rest
Interview with Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18)
Rabbi Scott Kalmikoff (’18) is a professional genealogist and Global Connections Education Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.
How did you first become interested in genealogy?
I was about 15 years old when I first became interested in genealogy.… Read the rest
Can Judaism make you sick?
There are many studies that highlight the positive effects of religious life — greater contentment, a feeling of community, and a strong sense of purpose.
But what about the negative effects of religion?
How should we think about and deal with the guilt, shame, fear, and disordered behaviours that religion can bring up in some people?… Read the rest
Reflections Inspired by Dr. Aaron Koller’s Book Unbinding Isaac
Dr. Aaron Koller’s new book, Unbinding Isaac, nearly pulls the rug out from underneath my theological edifice, but I nevertheless strongly recommend the book. … Read the rest
Kyle Savitch graduated from YCT in May 2021. Now, he is directing his energies full-time toward Kehillat Harlem, his grassroots Jewish community, where he serves as the rabbi. He will be helping build the Harlem Jewish community thanks to a grant from Start-Up Shul.… Read the rest