Interfaith Prayer Wall Visually Unites Artists

Apiece of art can evoke an array of emotions and a variety of interpretations from different people, but one thing is clear: art appeals to nearly everyone, uniting people of various cultures and religions. This common thread was the artistic force behind a current virtual exhibit called Visual Prayer. Parts of the exhibit feature the […]

New Site Takes Deep-Dive Into Important Jewish Issue

Nowadays, the easiest ways to read up on ideas circulating in the Jewish zeitgeist are to skim tweets; skim catchy headlines on op-eds; or occasionally skim the op-eds themselves.  But that experience isn’t necessarily fulfilling or educational. There’s only so much that can be said in 280 characters or in a 1,000 word limit, and […]

U Students Vote to Adopt IHRA’s Antisemitism Definition

In a win for the campus Jewish community, University of Minnesota students voted to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism during this year’s all-campus election, held from March 22-26. The margin of victory was 16 percent, with 1,705 votes for and 1,231 against. The definition will now go to the U’s […]

Parenting By Parsha: Tzav

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Passover is upon us. The weeklong festival of springtime, replete with family quality time (and sometimes drama), seder meals that last long into the night, and the telling of our people’s tale of redemption. It’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate each year, not least because I’m […]

How Does Antisemitism Become Part Of Political Conspiracy Theories?

If you’ve followed the political news over the past five years or so, there has been no shortage of crazy news stories and conspiracy theories. But why have so many of those been tied to antisemitism? Carleton College Professor Christina Farhart may have some answers. She will be part of the Shir Tikvah Congregation Brave […]

In The Twinkling of an Eye: Five Features Of The Upcoming Pandemic Transitions

Prelude  We will soon be going through a transition. Some prefer to call it the movement towards a “new” normal. In our volume L’Dor V’Dor in the Digital Age, we call it more simply pre-pandemic, pandemic and post-pandemic. When will the transition occur? That, of course, involves prophetic powers well beyond my paygrade. Nor do I have […]