How You Can Help Spread Light This Hanukkah

It never ceases to fascinate me how deep our learning can be when we investigate our sacred texts. During Hanukkah, the Festival of

Reclaiming the Public Square with Hanukkah Lights

One Hanukkah, when I was a child, an Israeli relative showed up at our home in the New York City suburbs with a type of menorah we

Shine a Light: Advancing Progressive Values in Israel This Hanukkah

The walls surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City are lit up at night, a stunning view for locals and tourists alike. As couples sit on park benches overlooking the scene, some close for warmth and

Learning from Joseph About Criminal Justice Reform

At the start of this week’s Torah portion, Miketz, Joseph is sitting in an Egyptian jail,

Fake News and Factual Distress

Among the scores and long-held slanders perpetuated against Diaspora Jewry has been the smear that Jews were disloyal to their host countries. Accused of being traitors from the time of Pharaoh to

“Hatikvah:” One of the Greatest Anthems Ever Written

As we approach Israel at 70, it is appropriate to consider the country’s national anthem, “Hatikvah,” a famous piece of

Why We Must Speak Out Against Sexual Violence

The last few weeks have brought an onslaught of stories exposing powerful men committing various acts of sexual violence against women. So many stories have arisen that there are now

7 Israelis Who Have Made a Deep Impact on Life in the U.S.

When Natalie Portman was named the 2018 winner of the $1 million

How #GivingTuesday Helps Us Fulfill a Jewish Obligation

I love Thanksgiving. Maybe because I grew up in Canada, and as a child, never had the experience of participating in this uniquely American holiday. But this year was the 31st Thanksgiving I spent

Life as a Banquet: A Thanksgiving Prayer

God of sacred time,
Source of sacred space,
Creator of holiness,
Divine light of wonder and awe,
My vision is clouded,
My sight limited,
The horizon of this