Happy Passover!

Tonight begins the Jewish festival of Passover. Like all festivals, it is a time to rejoice and celebrate. This festival, though, is also a time to tell the story of how we were once slaves in Egypt and now...

Shalom from Israel

Shalom chaverim, We’ve been very busy here in Israel.  The learning, as always, has been wonderful.  My chevruta partner this morning was the Reform movement’s Chief (only) rabbi of New Zealand.  I’ll be sharing much of what I learned...

Shalom from Israel

Shalom from Israel, I’m writing to everyone from beautiful Jerusalem.  Jodi and I arrived here two days ago.  The first time I came to Israel was about fifteen years ago as a university student.  Even that first time coming...

Now What?

By Rabbi Jason Holtz I love Israel and I fear for it.  I love Israel because of what it is and what it stands for, a proud, defiant, free, democratic, Jewish state reborn after thousands of years.  Not only...