Memoirs of a Hopeful Pessimist

I remember going with him to a meeting with the two Chief Rabbis of our
neighborhood to discuss our policy on divrei Torah. ... So we decided that we
would simply move the timing of the sermon, from right before the Torah reading,
to the end of the service. ... moved again, and then again, finally ending up in the
basement of a local religious elementary school, where we stayed for eighteen


Author: Debbie Weissman

Publisher: Urim Publications

ISBN: 9789655243413

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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For many people, "observant Jew," "feminist," and "interfaith pioneer" are not necessarily words they would put together in the same sentence. And yet, in this book by Dr. Debbie Weissman, each is a vitally important aspect of a dynamic and passionate life. Between 2008 and 2014, Weissman broke new ground by serving two terms as the first Jewish woman president of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). On her quest to do interfaith work, she tells about meeting people from other religions and the unique friendships that ensue. Weissman does not have a ringside seat to history; she is in the ring itself, having created institutions and movements in areas such as interfaith relations, women's education, Israeli peace initiatives, a new prayer community, and much more. Her engaging journey - related with humor, grace, and style - discovers meaning and hope in the life of a pessimist.

Contemporary American Judaism

There is no sermon either, just a short (five-minute) dvar Torah during services,
although Torah study during the week is often ... One of the early innovators of
this type of community is Kehilat Hadar, a two-thousand-strong group on New
York's Upper West Side ... Already in 2002, the Forward named Elie Kaunfer, one
of the original founders of Hadar, to their Forward Fifty list, writing that “eighteen
months ...


Author: Dana Evan Kaplan

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231510417

Category: Religion

Page: 446

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No longer controlled by a handful of institutional leaders based in remote headquarters and rabbinical seminaries, American Judaism is being transformed by the spiritual decisions of tens of thousands of Jews living all over the United States. A pulpit rabbi and himself an American Jew, Dana Evan Kaplan follows this religious individualism from its postwar suburban roots to the hippie revolution of the 1960s and the multiple postmodern identities of today. From Hebrew tattooing to Jewish Buddhist meditation, Kaplan describes the remaking of historical tradition in ways that channel multiple ethnic and national identities. While pessimists worry about the vanishing American Jew, Kaplan focuses on creative responses to contemporary spiritual trends that have made a Jewish religious renaissance possible. He believes that the reorientation of American Judaism has been a "bottom up" process, resisted by elites who have reluctantly responded to the demands of the "spiritual marketplace." The American Jewish denominational structure is therefore weakening at the same time that religious experimentation is rising, leading to the innovative approaches supplanting existing institutions. The result is an exciting transformation of what it means to be a religious American Jew in the twenty-first century.

European Judaism

The two soon decided to convert , but because of various difficulties with the
orthodox synagogue in Barcelona , chose a path with the reform movement .
Ernesto told me that after he began attending the city's sole synagogue as an
eighteen - year - old student of Semitic philology - the only way he could further
his ... For a year , Ernesto gave the divrei Torah or sermons on the weekly Torah
portion .




ISBN: UVA:X006165506

Category: Judaism


View: 586

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion


Author: ed WIGODER

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015049668885

Category: Religion

Page: 764

View: 978

A comprehensive reference on Judaism features nearly 2,400 entries on important figures in Jewish history, religious issues, Hewbrew words and phrases, and covers all traditions within the faith

Jewish Identity in the Greco Roman World

The book addresses critical issues of the formation and development of Jewish identity in the late Second Temple period. How could Jewish identity be defined? What about the status of women and the image of 'others'?


Author: Jörg Frey

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004158382

Category: Religion

Page: 435

View: 532

The book addresses critical issues of the formation and development of Jewish identity in the late Second Temple period. How could Jewish identity be defined? What about the status of women and the image of 'others'? And what about its ongoing influence in early Christianity?