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Apr 6, 2020, 12:59 AM
Zoom before the holiday, then turn off the tech: A seder guide
Instructions for conducting portions of the seder shortly before the holiday starts, and for scheduling a date to meet up when the lockdown finally ends
Jun 13, 2019, 1:08 PM
This rabbi is flying the Pride flag — and it’s about time
The message that everyone is welcome to enter through my door is at the heart of my approach to Judaism
Jul 20, 2018, 3:14 PM
My bag is packed to go in case I am arrested
Fifteen years ago, I conducted my first Jewish wedding ceremony. It was very exciting and nerve-racking. I met with the couple a few times and together we planned their ceremony within the bounds of halacha, Jewish law. I was...
Nov 6, 2016, 7:28 PM
Western Wall: To pray and to protest
Last week, we carried Torah scrolls to the Western Wall (Kotel) and prayed there. We went both to pray and to protest. One of the components of prayer is justice and we went to achieve justice with ourselves, with...
Aug 11, 2016, 6:22 PM
Tisha B’Av’s place in contemporary society
Every year camp counselors confront a dilemma: what content is appropriate for Tisha B’Av when this fast day occurs during the camp season. Should the campers be expected to fast? The counselors? In many cases, commemorating Tisha B’Av is...
Apr 21, 2016, 11:11 AM
The Meaning of Freedom at the Heart of Passover
A rabbi was once asked if he celebrates Independence Day. His response was, yes, each year on the 15th of Nissan. And truly, Passover is the first holiday of freedom and independence. What is the freedom that is at the...
Apr 17, 2016, 11:16 PM
The need for another kind of Jewish leadership
Three special needs children celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony at various Masorti synagogues in Israel this past Thursday. The parents of these children had previously resigned themselves to the fact that this significant ceremony would not take place since...
Feb 8, 2016, 3:08 PM
On dreams and compromise at the Wall
Settling for a small egalitarian area and hoping non-Orthodox Israelis will choose to come pray there
Jul 21, 2015, 1:39 PM
Israel’s growing and vital Masorti voice
Israelis are joining the movement, not in protest, but because they want Judaism to play a role in their lives
Jun 11, 2015, 1:14 PM
‘Not with the Rabbinate’
The Masorti Movement is offering wedding ceremonies that are meaningful, personal and in keeping with Jewish law
Rabbi Avi-Novis Deutsch is Dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, which trains Masorti/Conservative spiritual leadership for Israel and the world.