30 Shevat 5773 (February 10, 2013)
It is 10:30 on Sunday night, Feb 10, which is also Rosh Hodesh Adar. Tomorrow morning I will leave my apartment at 6:30 to be in time to begin leading Shacharit at 7:00 at the Kotel for the Women of the Wall. The weather here in Jerusalem the past few days has been glorious with the sun shining upon this sacred place; however, late this afternoon it began to cloud up and get cooler. The excitement of gathering tomorrow morning warms my soul as the sun has warmed my skin; however, the......
27 Shevat 5773 (February 7, 2013)
With the best of intentions, I planned to share some thoughts each day (except for Shabbat, of course) during my two week residence in Jerusalem. As so often happens here, I find myself out and about most of the day and not at my computer very much. Even though I had thought of the metaphor for the second day, the day ended before I had a chance to write. So, I need to revise my plan. Actually, revising my plan is a variation of yesterday’s theme. I spent the day with my......
25 Shevat 5773 (February 5, 2013)
When Bibi Netanyahu called for early elections in the Fall, I dared to imagine that the Israeli electorate would vote in a Knesset that could form a coalition that would respect the religious rights of all Jews, regardless of gender or adjective. Never did I think that would actually come to be but in fact, that is actually the political situation here as I begin this two week residency in my Jerusalem home! I look forward to reading the local newspapers, speaking with friends, meeting the people on the ground here in......
24 Tevet 5773 (January 6, 2013)
The results of last week’s election in Israel are to quote Jodi Rudoren from the NYT, “stunning”! The opportunities for serious social change in Israel to occur in the months ahead are real. Young Israelis are very energized. Yeish Atid – there is a future and the Sacred Rights, Sacred Song Project is ready to provide some of the music for the movement! Now, on to serious coalition building and perhaps this coalition will respect the Religious Rights of All Jews, regardless of Gender or Adjective, in the State of Israel....
13 Tevet 5773 (December 26, 2012)
The Views section of the SRSS website is meant to be my “blog” BUT in this case, it is crucial that all of our VIEWS on the issue of access to the Kotel be heard. IRAC has put out the call that we contact the head of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, with our strong support for change in the rules that govern religious behavior at the Kotel. This is a major development. Please add your voice!...
5 Tevet 5773 (December 18, 2012)
According to the new rules issued at 6am on Rosh Hodesh Tevet, I am now BREAKING THE LAW in that great picture Brynna took of me on Rosh Hodesh Kislev at the Kotel because I am wearing my WOW tallit. Interesting to note that I wore that same tallit yesterday morning at Kehillat Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood, Ohio. Quite disturbing to me that when we as a People and a Human Race are faced with Total Evil again, in the form of a 20-year-old shooting 1st graders as well as his mother,......
21 Kislev 5773 (December 5, 2012)
One of the very interesting organizations doing “modern Jewish democracy work” is Hiddush, directed by activist Uri Regev. I received an update from Hiddush that underscores the need for our work. When gender segregation gets in the way of security, it is clear that the norms of the civil society need to be reviewed and reformed. I suggest going to the Hiddush website to become familiar with this important organization. To read about some of the disturbing statements made and security arrangements tolerated during the recent Operation Pillar of Defense in the haredei......
11 Kislev 5773 (November 25, 2012)
Sitting at the tree trunk table with Fishel, reflecting on the Shabbat that was and the week that will be. Amazing to me that the cease fire holds, the one brokered by a Woman and the Brotherhood. Those who would rather not trust Morsi or have no faith in the US Secretary of State must admit that for now at least, there is peace and quiet in the Neighborhood. Just the facts, as they say. In terms of the other struggle, the struggle to build the voice of the Moderate Middle in......
9 Kislev 5773 (November 23, 2012)
On what some in America call “Black Friday”, I am sitting at La Place in Beachwood, sipping my Mint Condition, as Matt Schloss and I work on the SRSS website. Somewhat surreal that a week ago I was with Levi and Paula Weiman-Kelman in their Jerusalem home, processing the impact of the air raid siren we had heard several hours earlier. Today, the CEASE FIRE STILL HOLDS! Let’s hear it for HILARY – yes, a woman and a member of the Brotherhood got Hamas and the IDF to stop sending destructive projectiles......
22 Kislev 5771 (November 29, 2010)
22 Kislev, 5770 As this Monday after Thanksgiving gives way to erev Hanukkah, I reflect on how far we have come in developing the Sacred Rights, Sacred Song project. That reflection embraces my amazement at how the news of the day continues to fuel our passion to help contemporary Zionist Jewry find our voice in the conversation about the shape of the modern State of Israel. I just finished reading a “Why We don’t read a Scroll on Hanukah” by Rabbi David Golinkin, the head of The Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, the......