The Ever Evolving Rabbinate

To celebrate of the 50th anniversary of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, read essays about today’s rabbinic work by: Rabbis Elyse Wechterman, Boris Dolin, Nathan Kamesar, Isabel de Koninck, Michael Rothbaum, Erica Steelman and David Teutsch.

The Israel-Hamas War: Reflections in a Time of Crisis

Engage in groundbreaking Jewish Conversations. Review multiple perspectives from Rabbis Haviva Ner-David, Yohanna Kinberg, Jason Bonder, Seth Goldstein, Nathan Kamesar, Arthur Waskow, Robert Tabak, Amy Eilberg, Micah Weiss, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Laurie Zimmerman, David Teutsch, and Dr. Ilan Peleg and Oren Jay Sofer. Explore what’s possible.

Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Evolve is an online platform with conversation-sparking essays from thought-provoking rabbis, leaders and creators. Explore essays on key topics, as well as curricula, sermon sparks and videos that apply the best thinking to contemporary questions.

Engage in groundbreaking Jewish Conversations. Review multiple perspectives from Rabbis Haviva Ner-David, Yohanna Kinberg, Jason Bonder, Seth Goldstein, Nathan Kamesar, Arthur Waskow, Robert Tabak, Amy Eilberg, Micah Weiss, Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Laurie Zimmerman, David Teutsch, and Dr. Ilan Peleg and Oren Jay Sofer. Explore what's possible.
These are values and teachings central to our Torah and identity: to care and provide for the most vulnerable, to welcome the stranger, to honor our elders and to care for the sick.
Since Oct. 7, I have been proud to be the pastoral presence and the listening ear for my congregants, even more than I have been a purveyor of wisdom.
Burnout is a problem for rabbis on a scale that has not occurred before in my lifetime.

After 20 years of work, Jay Michaelson —scholar, rabbi, lawyer, activist, mediation teacher —has published his first book of fiction, “The Secret That Is Not a Secret: Ten Heretical Tales” (03:30). The linked short stories focus on a range of Jewish characters: Men and women, Orthodox and secular, straight and gay, Israeli and American. Yet each carries a secret desire that could be described as queer, and their stories explore the nature of heresy, queerness, kabbalah, mysticism and the sometimes-thin line between erotic desire and religious yearning. Michaelson would probably have preferred we discussed “The Secret That Is Not a Secret” for the full episode. Yet, we’re living in a post October 7 world and Michaelson, who’d stopped writing about Israel about a decade ago, felt compelled to jump back in. In the Forward and Rolling Stone, he’s written about the ethics of war, the charged nature of the term genocide, the debate about campus antisemitism and the fates of the two Ivy League presidents forced to resign after public uproar. We delve into some of these op-eds (31:40) and discuss how’s he taken care of himself during one of the most emotionally trying times of his life.

Web Conversations

Evolve Web Conversations are opportunities for you to interact with our authors in real-time, by asking questions and challenging their assumptions. Videos and transcripts are posted in an archive for those who are unable to attend live.

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