Category Archives: KITUVEEM….. Reflections on people and events in the Jewish world

Hateful Words from Rabbis Living in “Small Places”

The comments of two distinguished rabbis left me troubled and distressed in recent days.  First, I was disappointed but not surprised to  read in the Forward’s August 6 edition of Rabbi Moshe Tendler’s incredibly misinformed understanding of homosexuality and his … Continue reading

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A Chat With God On High Street

OK, so its a Friday afternoon in May. You’re walking down High Street in Columbus and you bump into God. He announces that He needs to talk to a reasonable person about a couple of things that are giving the … Continue reading

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On Being Kicked Out of a Jewish Family

Thursday evening                                                                                                                                    "I can’t believe you really came to the hospital to visit my father!"                                                              "But why are you so surprised?  You are a member of a synagogue.  That makes you a member of an extended Jewish family.  When a … Continue reading

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What Judaism Is & What It Isn’t

This video is a reflection of Judaism at its best!   http://www.youtube.com/user/ajwstv     The story below is about Jews protesting in the name of God to protect/enforce the practice of Jewish law.  In point of fact, this story doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Hearing God’s Voice; It’s Not Just for Folks in the Bible

The following column appear the weekly Shabbat Shalom email-newsletter of Congregation Agudas Achim         HEARING GOD’S VOICE; IT’S NOT JUST FOR FOLKS IN THE BIBLE   If you can conceive of the idea that the simple act of … Continue reading

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Reflections on Parshat Vayehi

This Shabbat we will read of the passing of two of the most important figures in Jewish history.  First, we will conclude the reading of the Book of Genesis with parshat Va-y’hi which reviews the final words and moments of the Patriarch … Continue reading

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ABSOLUTE POWER DOES CORRUPT: EVEN RABBIS

  ABSOLUTE POWER DOES CORRUPT; EVEN RABBIS One cannot help but wonder if David Ben Gurion, the founding father of the State of Israel, were alive today he might have any regrets about the powers ceded to the Chief Rabbinate … Continue reading

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Regarding the Status of Gays In the Conservative Movement

  The following Letter-to-the Editor appeared in the    January 12, 2007 edition of The New York Jewish Week The contradictory resolutions of the Law Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly regarding the status of gays certainly leave most Conservative Jews with … Continue reading

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