Rabbi Miriam Cotzin Burg

Voices | Saving Lives, Saving Worlds

By Rabbi Miriam Cotzin Burg I never knew what it meant to fulfill the mitzvah of saving a life until now. On April 20, my cousin,...
Jewish girls in 1909

Voices | Who We Were, Who We Are Now

By Liz Spikol In the beginning of the 20th century, not too long after my maternal great-grandfather arrived in New York from Eastern Europe, the police...

Voices | A Seminary Experience, Disrupted

By Stephanie Deichman It’s hard to believe Shavuot has already passed.  It feels like just a few days ago that I celebrated Purim in Jerusalem...

The Royal Reach: A Remembrance of Norman Lamm

By Richard M. Joel There are those whose light continues to shine. This week, we mark the passing of Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, president emeritus...

Voices | Here’s How White Jews Can Support Black People Right Now

By Rev. Anthony A. Johnson A lot of my Jewish friends are asking me how they can help and what needs to be done regarding...

Voices | Living Torah: The History of My Family and a Torah Scroll

By Jody Goldsmith 1814 was a long, long time ago. Napoleon Bonaparte and the French beat the Russians (and later that year he was exiled...
Mitchell Posner

Voices | What Do Shavuot and Community Action Month Have in Common?

By Mitchell Posner I’m sure you know that we are celebrating the holiday of Shavuot at the end of May this year. But what you...
Ziva Shapiro

Voices | Here’s Why I Chose to Stay in Israel During the Pandemic

By Ziva Shapiro I did not expect my yearlong teaching fellowship in Israel to coincide with a once-in-a-century global pandemic. But when the choice to...

Voices | The Time Is Now: New Considerations for Enacting Timeless Values

By Rabbi Jessy Dressin and Diana Goldsmith In Jewish tradition, Jews are constantly called to consider and care for those on the margins. A perfect...
Rabbi John Franken at the gravesite

Voices | Remembering Uncle Allan This Memorial Day

By Rabbi John Allan Franken My uncle, Pvt. Allan C. Franken, succumbed to face wounds in an army field hospital on May 24, 1945. He...