Category - Opinion

Teaching as Intrepretation

Replica of Rashi’s Study at Beit Hatfutsot By Joel Lurie Grishaver One of my favorite texts of all times is Rashi’s comments on the first verse of the Torah. Rashi’s first comment begins “Rabbi Yitzhak said…” If you know a...

Stop Making Programs, Start Making...

Shabbat Na Kryshe at the Marlene Mayerson JCC By Jane Tuv What does community mean to you? When I became a mother three years ago, it became increasingly important to me that my family find opportunities for belonging. But as a Jewish...

Preparing for Camp

First in a series from Reform Educators from the Association for Reform Jewish Educators, ARJE. by Rabbi Stacy Rigler, RJE I have spent many of my summers since 1993 at URJ Camp Harlam. It has always been my “happy place.” As a...

Torah Takes Patience

By Jim – originally posted to Flickr as The Hebrew Clock On The Old Jewish Town Hall, Prague., CC BY 2.0, by Joel Lurie Grishaver This text is found in the Shulhan Arukh. It is powerful because it talks about anger and...

The Conference and The Struggle

By Shari Weinberger The 12th annual NAACCHHS conference is 2 weeks away and this year we are in Louisville, KY. People who live in metro NYC generally don’t understand why we would plan a conference in Louisville. The same way they didn’t...

Teaching as Friendship

By Joel Lurie Grishaver We all know that the Jewish tradition values teachers and teaching. What I intend to this year is look at Jewish sources that can inform our teaching. To conduct this search for an authentic vision of Jewish teaching, we...

Knowledge: The Key to Jewish Survival

By Meni Even-Israel Throughout my childhood, and well into my adulthood, my father, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, constantly reminded me of our family adage: “It is better to be a heretic (apikorus) than an ignoramus (am ha’aretz).”...