Perhaps no single line from Jewish literature sums up the Jewish attitude about prayer and politics than the berakhah in Fiddler on the Roof: “May God bless and keep the Czar … far away from us.”
When I have been in moments of grief and someone tells me, “You will learn so much from this,” I want to scream.
Torah, prayer, and politics mix. Even in an elections season that has been characterized as bitter and nasty, void of civility or compassion, the Torah does not let us off the hook.
A Prayer for the Electorate allows us a moment in services to recognize that civic engagement can be religious engagement, that tzedek is often fulfilled through public policy.
I don't consider artistic creation to be any more spiritual than any other creative endeavor... cooking, writing, cleaning, singing, and child-rearing.
For many years, Regina’s story of becoming the first woman rabbi was forgotten, tucked away in archives, lost among ashes.