From Our Rabbis

Seeking Consolation

By Rabbi Andrea Steinberger

I am sitting at my computer on a Zoom call with a colleague, who is a rabbi at another Hillel. He is sharing that his mother-in-law has died. He has led the funeral, and they have finished the seven days of shiva. It has been the hardest experience of his life. I…

Antisemitism is Bullying

By Rabbi Mendel Matusof

Antisemitism keeps rearing its ugly head in one form or another. As a campus rabbi, it is one of the most pressing issues concerning young Jews today. I would like to suggest that we, as a Jewish community, approach antisemitism as we would any form of bullying in ou…

Tisha B’Av: The Spiritual Starting Line

By Rabbi Renée Bauer

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, begins this Wednesday evening, July 29. It is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, because tradition holds that the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on this day, along with many other tra…

Study Them All - One Mitzvah at a Time

Rabbi Avremel Matusof

This week I attended a COVID-era Brit Milah. You'd think that being limited to having just the family and mohel in attendance would dampen the celebration. Not so. Dozens of friends and family participated via Zoom, and the celebratory ambiance and emotion in the room …

Embracing a Jewish Educational Vision During a Pandemic

By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

On the opening day of NewCAJE’s summer conference – Reimagining Jewish Education for the 21st Century – Rabbi Laurie spoke on a panel with Professor Jeffrey Kress from the Jewish Theological Seminary entitled the “Summit on the Future of Jewish Education.…