Where Can God Be Found in Response to Tragedy?

With Tisha B’Av, the annual day of mourning for tragedies throughout generations, fast approaching, we asked two rabbis, “Where can God be found in response to tragedy?”   Rabbi Jeremy Fine, Temple of Aaron of St. Paul, Minnesota “My response begins with a singular guiding principle that I quickly learned in the rabbinate; no two experiences are alike. When a family is in mourning, their reactions to that loss are ...

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Strangers in the Land of Egypt: What Does the Torah Tell Us About Immigration?

Conservative rabbis give their take on the question: How should we as Jews approach immigration according to the Torah?   Rabbi David Russo, Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, Illinois: “Time and again, the Torah repeats how we must treat the stranger: You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23:9) When a stranger resid...

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Is It Okay For Jews to Not Believe in God?

Conservative rabbis give their take on the question: Is it okay for Jews to not believe in God?   Rabbi Eric Woodward, Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania: “That’s not an easy question! First, what does ‘okay’ mean? Does it mean, ‘Are you still Jewish if you do not believe in God?’ Or does it mean, ‘Is belief in God a mitzvah and disbelief a sin?’ Second, what does it mean to ‘believe in’ somethin...

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Why Were We Created?

Two Conservative rabbis give their take on this big life question: Why were we created?   Rabbi Ari Kaiman, Congregation Shearith Israel in Atlanta, Georgia “When God created the universe through speech, God created us B’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). We were created to further the project of God’s creation. We further creation through our unique gift of human speech. We are able to see our ...

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