Religion Category

Sarah Lyhall of the New York Times reports that Britain’s Supreme Court ruled against a Jewish high school in London that had rejected an applicant because his mother wasn’t Jewish enough – and so, by extension, neither was he. Yep, she had chosen Judaism years ago and gone through a conversion process, but By all […]

From my op-ed in morning’s Sunday Chicago Tribune (cross-posted in Shalom Rav): The actions of the Jewish State ultimately reflect upon the Jewish people throughout the world. We in the Diaspora Jewish community have long taken pride in the accomplishments of the Jewish State. As with any family, the success of some reflects a warm light […]

Marriage advice?

In: Israel, Religion

The municipality of Petach Tikvah in reference to Jewish women dating Arabs: “We can’t tell the girls what to do but we can send a psychologist to their home to offer them and their parents advice.” Huh? Oh, the city also started a city-funded hotline for parents and friends to inform on these Jewish women, […]

North Carolina is not known as hotbed of Jewish political activism, or Jewish anything for that matter. It’s no Berkeley, and it’s certainly not Brookline, but things are growing. This year the NC Havurah will be hosting a wonderful Yom Kippur retreat at The Stone House. So if you live in the area (or you’re […]

Stanton’s Ordination Ignites Media Frenzy

In: Media, Race, Religion

By April N. Baskin and Corinne Lightweaver The world has descended upon Rabbi Alysa Stanton. From coast to coast and continent to continent, global media trumpet the ordination of “the first African-American female rabbi.” Whether it’s The Forward, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Jewish Week, CNN, Black Entertainment Television, the Huffington Post, The New York Times, […]

x-posted from the Jewish Chronicle In my Orthodox world, an ‘invisible mechitzah’ prohibits valuable friendships. I had tea with my friend David the other day. And it was fun. But when I told my husband that I went to tea with a classmate — a male classmate — his face was less than sunny. It […]

Amid the brouhaha of a presidential campaign that has lasted nearly two years and the anxiety of a stock market meltdown that has lasted two months, it is to be expected that many people will invoke traditional religion for clairvoyance and guidance. But since when does any traditional religion ask us to pray before a […]

Julia Glassman blogs as The Girl Detective at Modern Mitzvot. Jay Michaelson responds below. I’ve attended an Orthodox service exactly once in my life, and I’ll never do it again. It was Yom Kippur during my year in France, when I was working as an au pair for a Parisian Jewish family. They’d wanted someone […]

In the 2004 election, the Democratic candidate John Kerry received 74 percent of the Jewish vote while Bush received merely 25 percent. Last May — according to a recent article — a Gallup poll reported that this party divide had narrowed, with 61 percent of Jews claiming support for Obama and 32 percent for McCain. […]