Guest Voices: Judaism


Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 12/27/2012

The Jewish future seen through the eyes of an American statesman

In new book, statesman offers a blueprint for the next stage of the Jewish journey through history.

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft  |  12:35 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Menachem Z. Rosensaft; Stuart E. Eizenstat; The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States; Jimmy Carter; aliyah; Israel; Judaism

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Christmas in Vermont

Family therapist reflects on holiday tradition that cements love amid a Catholic and Jewish family.

By Marion L. Usher  |  07:14 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christmas in Vermont; Catholics; Jewish; Jews; Judaism; Christmas Eve; Vermont tradition; Christmas; families; family; Vermont; love; rituals

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Making meaning out of the holiday season

Talk about what is important and create your own ways to do acts of kindness, says a family therapist.

By Marion L. Usher  |  12:14 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chanukah; Hanukkah; Marion L. Usher; families; interfaith families; interfaith couples; extended family; Judaism; Jewish; Christian; Christianity;

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Rabbi in Canada on his mother’s unveiling: The undoing of closure

“I had been warned by others that unveilings can reopen old wounds; and that’s what happened to me.”

By Chaim Steinmetz  |  03:16 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chaim Steinmetz; Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz; Judaism; family; death; mother; tradition; unveilings

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Why American Jews and Muslims backed Obama by huge margins

A rabbi and an imam hope America’s celebration of racial, ethnic and religious diversity is reasserting itself.

By Marc Schneier and Shamsi Ali  |  06:17 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2012; campaign 2012; Rabbi Marc Schneier; Imam Shamsi Ali; faith; religion; politics; Islam; Judaism; American Muslims; American Jews

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Putting the meaning in ‘weening

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s scholar-in-residence hopes any visiting ghosts and ghouls do something beyond the usual trick or treat.

By Erica Brown  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween; holiday; trick or treat; Erica Brown; Judaism; All Hallow's Eve; All Saints Day; Reformation Day; pagan; Purim; Sukkot

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 10/26/2012

A survivor’s story

Child abuse survivor and educator reflects on struggling to untangle her own thoughts and feelings.

By Leslie Smith Rosen  |  05:45 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Judaism; Adat Shalom; David Kaye; child abuse

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Understanding Christian Zionism

Support for Israel is not just an issue for many Christians; it is their primary foreign policy focus.

By John Hagee  |  02:17 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christian Zionism; Israel; Judaism; Christianity; John Hagee; CUFI; Christians United for Israel

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Rosh Hashanah: The start of a new year for humankind as a whole

Today the world was born, a world that includes Christians, Muslims as well as agnostics and atheists.

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft  |  04:48 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rosh Hashanah; High Holy Days; Menachem Z. Rosensaft; Jewish New Year; religious tolerance; Judaism

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Shining a light in Odessa

I have been on many Jewish Federation missions, and each one reveals a new sense of inspiration.

By Susan K. Stern  |  04:04 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Judaism; Jewish missions; Susan K. Stern; Shimon Peres; Ambassador Michael Oren; Jewish Federations of North America

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 08/20/2012

Tax fairness is a family value – and a civic virtue

Judaism believes that we must act as individuals to lessen the load of others – but also that we act communally.

By Alan van Capelle  |  11:03 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  taxes, tax fairness, Judaism, Bend the Arc, Alan van Capelle

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 08/10/2012

Never forget: Jewish faith integral to family’s fight against Alzheimer’s

We will not forget – we will remember – the injustice of a disease that destroys the very life memories that make us human.

By Trish Vradenburg and George Vradenburg  |  07:11 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alzheimer's disease, never forget, Judaism, family, Trisha and George Vrandenburg

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 07/26/2012

The Munich Massacre: Why the 2012 Games should pay tribute to those who died 40 years ago

Forty years after the Munich Massacre, we’re missing a chance to send a powerful message on the unity behind the Games.

By Michael Oren  |  02:40 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olympics, judaism

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Germany’s ban on circumcisions: Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse

Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse on the divisive court ruling

By David Wolpe  |  06:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  circumcision, Jewish, Judaism, David Wolpe

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Why we need the Haggadah

The oldest, newest book returns for another Passover.

By Jonathan Safran Foer  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  judaism, passover, ritual

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 03/26/2012

During the Holocaust, a musical prayer of hope

Since early childhood, music has always been a kind of prayer for 108-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, the pianist from Prague and the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor.

By Caroline Stoessinger  |  05:12 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  holocaust, judaism

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Universal health care: A Jewish moral imperative

A universal system of health care is a moral mandate that a society seeking any measure of justice must have.

By Julie Schonfeld  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  healthcare, obama, judaism

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/19/2012

How President Eisenhower should be remembered

For Holocaust survivors and their families in particular, General Eisenhower holds a hallowed, place in our hearts and emotions.

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eisenhower, holocaust, memorials, judaism

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/07/2012

AIPAC leaves many questions on Iran, Israel

Learning the right lessons from history is never easy.

By David Wolpe  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran, israel, aipac, judaism

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Faiths clash at Jerusalem’s sacred site

Jerusalem’s Old City is divided into four quarters -- the Armenian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim Quarters.

By Daniela Deane  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  life in the holy land, islam, judaism, israel, palestine

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Giving in to the Sabbath

Although there are strict rules about what not to do, Shabbat’s spirit is essentially joyful.

By Daniela Deane  |  02:19 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  life in the holy land, judaism, sabbath

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Searching for accountability in the Holocaust Torah scrolls’ scam

After a Maryland rabbi’s guilty plea, a call for more accountabilty.

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft  |  12:49 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holocaust, judaism, law

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Tu’Bshvat: Celebrating the beauty that surrounds us

An obscure Jewish holiday opens the door to bring environmental values into our homes.

By Edgar M Bronfman  |  05:10 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  judaism, holidays, environment