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Synagogue Teshuva

By Rabbi Jonathan Leener for eJewishPhilanthropy For many American Jews, the synagogue is totally irrelevant. As an institution, the synagogue is often viewed as being sterile and unwelcoming. Authenticity and inclusivity are not often associated with synagogue life. Membership decline and building closures are now commonplace. We could use COVID-19...

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New York Times Modern Love Section: ‘A Last Act of Intimate Kindness’

Image Credit: Brian Rea By Michelle Friedman The message I had dreaded for years appeared on my phone: “Looking to find the sister of my patient, Jay Friedman.” My ensuing phone conversation with the doctor brought ominous news. My 65-year-old brother, Jay, had advanced pancreatic cancer. He and I grew up...

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Climate, Halakha

Danger! Climate Crisis Ahead: An Executive Summary

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff When I first began thinking about having a climate conference, my student, now Rabbi Hody Nemes, a climate activist himself, noted to me that he was interested in finding answers to the following questions: Does the halakha (Jewish law) have anything to say about what kind...

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Yeshiva News

Micah Philanthropies Invests $1 Million in Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

For immediate release RIVERDALE, NY, April 12, 2022– Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) is proud to announce a $1 million gift from Micah Philanthropies. Micah Philanthropies, founded by Ann and Jeremy Pava and based in West Hartford, CT, is devoted to making traditional Judaism relevant. The Pavas noted, “We are inspired...

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Jewish Education, Students, Thought Leadership, Torah

The Gates of Tears: Reclaiming Jewish Masculinity

By Raphael Levi (YCT Semikha Student), for The Times of Israel “A 2018 national survey of more than 1,000 10-to-19-year-olds… found that young women believed there were many ways to be a girl—they could shine in math, sports, music, leadership… young men described just one narrow route to successful masculinity.* One-third...

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Halakha, Thought Leadership

Can Halakha Go It Alone, Without Kierkegaard?

By Ysoscher Katz (Chair, Talmud Department), for The Times of Israel 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. As someone with a foot firmly planted in each...

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Alumni News, Chaplaincy, Pastoral Counseling, Thought Leadership

I’m a Rabbi With Mental Illness and I’m Done Trying to Hide My Pain

By Rabbi Avram Mlotek (’15), for Alma. Content warning: suicidal ideation I live with bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. As a rabbi, cantor, actor and author, that’s not how I usually introduce myself. But this summer I spent three and a half weeks at an in-patient facility tending to...

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A Human Issue

By Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff (Rebbe & Director of Community Learning) for eJewishPhilanthropy What is your solution to the climate crisis? That is my question to everyone who was disappointed with President Biden’s revocation of the Keystone XL pipeline permit last week. I pose the same question to those who object to...

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Chaplaincy, Jewish Education, Miscellaneous, Pastoral Counseling

Living Jewishly Podcast: Judaism and Mental Health

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,...

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