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Parshat Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

A Purpose-Driven Tribe

Parshat Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 “And now, O Israel what does God ask of you? Only this: to have awe for God, to walk in all of God’s ways, to love God, and to serve God with all your heart and soul, keeping God’s mitzvot and laws. All the heavens and earth belong to God…Yet it was to your ancestors that God was drawn in love for them, so that God… Read Article →

Aaron Lichtenstein

A Memory of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, z”l

I have a very poignant memory of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, a great rabbinic leader of modern Orthodoxy, who passed away today in Israel. I had the privilege of studying with Rav Lichtenstein for a brief period in Jerusalem as part of my rabbinical school studies, but my favorite memory of him came from an occurrence a few years earlier. I was an undergraduate at Yeshiva University in Manhattan. Late one… Read Article →

Josh and Amy

PTJL Alum Family Still Engaged Five Years Later

My wife Amy and I took the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (then called Ikkarim) at Temple Shalom of Newton in 2009. Our experience brought together a group of people from across the spectrum of Jewish affiliation – we are an interfaith family (I am Jewish, and Amy was raised as a Presbyterian, but is now a Bahá’í ) and we were in good company. We all shared a sense… Read Article →


Genetics, Israeli Dance, and Parent Learning: Another Prozdor Sunday

Jewish Genes Renowned geneticist and pathologist Dr. Harry Ostrer stopped by Prozdor on Sunday to present on the origins and genetic linkages between Jews and their neighbors. He visited our class, “A Chosen People,” which explores the origins of “chosen-ness,” the consequences of that perception, and a look at what modern science can tell us about the subject. Dr. Ostrer, author of Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People and… Read Article →


Reaching Parents at the Biggest Baby Shower

By Kate Weldon LeBlanc and Erica Streit-Kaplan On October 7, programs affiliated with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) came together at the Biggest Baby Shower Boston. This event, open to all new and expectant parents, was like a trade show for families with a laid-back atmosphere like a cocktail party (but they were “mocktails”). As a sponsor, CJP was given a large display area, which they kindly opened up to several partners who work… Read Article →


The Whole World Is A Sukkah: Intergalactic Judaism

I’ve probably taught 20 different courses over the past 11 years at Prozdor. While most have been about Israel and the Bible, every now and again I take a shot at something new. This semester I had a crazy idea: what would it be like to teach a class about how Judaism would look, feel, and be celebrated differently if it wasn’t an Earth-based religion? How we would we mark… Read Article →


Tough Questions from My Children: Our New PTJL Coordinator Shares Her Story

What happens to people when they die? Where is God? Can we have a Christmas tree? These were the questions that my children were asking in 2012, the year I decided to participate in Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. I’d been hearing about the class for several years, and it seemed like the right time for me to enroll. The class was held at my synagogue, Dorshei Tzedek, and I was… Read Article →


Religious Zealotry, Then and Now

Hot-blooded anger. Self-righteousness. Unflinching certainty. Extreme measures. These are some of the hallmarks of violent religious zealotry. We see its vicious resurgence all over the world today: the headlines from Iraq, Syria, and much of the Middle East are filled with Islamist jihad, as Sunnis slaughter Shiites and vice versa; Boko Haram, a radical Islamic group in Nigeria, gained notoriety for kidnapping 300 young girls for the sin of going… Read Article →

Gold family

Why Every Parent Who Has No Time at All Should Find Time to Take Parenting Through A Jewish Lens

In December, my husband Joel and I started the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class at Temple Israel in Natick. Our first assignment was to decorate name cards with pictures of our family. We drew our three kids, Asher, age 8, Camille, age 3, and our baby, Zeke, then almost 14 months. We drew them all in a heap, laughing, on top of us, which is pretty much how our… Read Article →


Pesach Reflections on Ukraine and the Dnepropetrovsk Kehillah Project

Rabbi James Morgan April 9, 2014 On Pesach we celebrate our ancestors’ liberation from Egyptian slavery—and our own. Every year, the Jewish People finds itself in the narrow straights of Mitzrayim. And every year, we, the Jews, experience our own liberation and witness the liberation of one branch of our global family, even as others experience new hardships. Furthermore, Pesach provides a model for struggles against oppression worldwide, regardless of… Read Article →