RJ Blog

L’hitraot, for Now...

After four years of bringing you a new episode nearly every week, this podcast is taking a little break. Listen to this episode to learn more about our hiatus and where to find us in the meantime.

The Antidote to Kvetching

Most of us today aren’t tasked with wandering through the desert, like the ancient Israelites were... but we still find plenty to kvetch about! What if, instead of focusing on small annoyances, we turned to community-building and togetherness? This episode first aired in May 2018.

URJ Youth

Saving Ourselves from Burnout: The Importance of Delegating

Saving Ourselves from Burnout: The Importance of Delegating

D'Var Torah By: Tema Smith

jemerman
Parashat Yitro provides us with another important lesson about leadership: it is too big of a burden for one person. Relying on a single leader is not beneficial to the community at large.

The Controversial Leadership of Heroes

The Controversial Leadership of Heroes

D'Var Torah By: Tema Smith

jemerman
In this week’s parashah, we find the newly freed Israelites on their way out of Egypt. This parashah shows the beginnings of a communal dynamic. These people are unafraid to challenge their leaders and demand evidence that the path they are taking will lead them to a better place.

On the Other Hand

The Moment We Are In, The Future We Pray For

With an eye toward the future we envision, we offer these steps we hope Israelis and Palestinians will take at this moment of intense challenge and deep pain. We do so because of the bond and love we feel for our Israeli siblings.

Reform Movement Responds to International Court of Justice Ruling on Israel-Hamas War

The ICJ has done a disservice to those around the world who are truly victims of genocidal regimes acting with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group – as defined under international law.

RJ Blog Social Justice

Women of Valor: Revisiting Biblical Role Models

Women of Valor: Revisiting Biblical Role Models jemerman

Focusing this contemporary lens on Deborah and Yael reveals a story of women acting so outside of expected norms that I stand in awe and am compelled to magnify their adventures for our own times.

Nine Spring-Inspired Hebrew Names

Nine Spring-Inspired Hebrew Names jemerman

Whether you're planning to welcome a child into your family, are preparing to choose your own Hebrew name, or just enjoy learning about the meanings and stories that names hold, I hope you'll be inspired by one of these nine names inspired by Purim, Passover, and the renewal of spring.

RJ Blog Jewish Life

Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community

Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community jemerman

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) in the U.S. Each of us likely knows someone, either in our Jewish community or our secular communities, who has been impacted by or is a survivor of domestic violence.

Grow a Good Citizen

Grow a Good Citizen sdolgov

Here are some ways to to make a difference by engaging voters and children.

RJ Blog Practice

Eight Hebrew Words and Phrases You Can Use Every Day!

Eight Hebrew Words and Phrases You Can Use Every Day! jemerman

Learning new words and phrases can be enjoyable, but when they're in a new language, they can also be daunting. If you'd like to build your own Jewish vocabulary, here are a few words and phrases that you can use in everyday conversation.

Take a Tour of the Torah!

Take a Tour of the Torah! jemerman

Torah usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Running through these stories is the unique lens through which the Jewish people would come to view their world and their God.

RJ Blog Learning

Your Hanukkah Gift-Giving Guide is Here!

Your Hanukkah Gift-Giving Guide is Here! jemerman

Hanukkah is one of my favorite holidays, partially because it gives me the opportunity to give gifts to my loved ones every night for eight nights! Gift giving with intentionality is one of my favorite ways to express affection while teaching my child about Jewish values and traditions.

18 Tips for Your Coziest Shabbat Yet

18 Tips for Your Coziest Shabbat Yet jemerman

In the winter months, adding elements of simplicity, presence, and coziness can elevate the rituals and intentions of Shabbat. Here are a few tips for your most hygge/heimish Shabbat yet!

RJ Blog Jewish Holidays

Staying Connected with Our Loved Ones Even When we Disagree 

Staying Connected with Our Loved Ones Even When we Disagree  urjadmin

Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel on October 7th and Israel’s ongoing response has stirred emotions both within and outside the Jewish community. Over the next weeks, as family and friends gather for holiday celebrations, there may be differences of opinion. Here are a few tips from Jewish sources to help maintain loving relationships while disagreeing.

How the Israel-Hamas War Disproportionately Affects Israelis with Disabilities

How the Israel-Hamas War Disproportionately Affects Israelis with Disabilities sdolgov

The current Israel-Hamas war is impacting communities throughout Israel, Gaza, and the world. However, some populations are more affected than others, including those living with disabilities.

Plugin is not configured

RJ Blog Israel

Plugin is not configured

Torah commentaries

Plugin is not configured

URJ Press Releases

Plugin is not configured

Torah

Plugin is not configured

Sukkot

Plugin is not configured

Simchat

Plugin is not configured

Hannukkah

Plugin is not configured

Shabbat

Plugin is not configured

Parenting

Skip to content