MRA Funeral Practices During The Current COVID-19 Crisis

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Over the past several weeks, amidst a daily changing situation, the members of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association have been thinking deeply about how we can fulfill our rabbinic responsibility to honor the dead (k’vod hamet), comfort the mourners, (nichum aveilim), and protect the community (pikuach nefesh). The scientific and medical communities have made it clear […]

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Two Brachot for the COVID-19 Pandemic

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I have had the great zechut (privilege) and mazal (good fortune) these past four months to facilitate several dozen dialogues, seminars and digital book clubs related to my new volume Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology (with Dr. Brian Amkraut, Hamilton Press, 2019 ), a companion website textmejudaism.com, and a two and a […]

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A Pastoral Letter From The Minnesota Rabbinical Association

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Dear Members of the Minnesota Jewish Community, We are called upon daily to act with compassionate conviction, to mobilize people of faith to respond to the eternal question, what can I do to serve my neighbor? The Minnesota Rabbinical Association speaks out as the moral and religious voice of the Jewish community, and we invite you to be […]

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Embracing Anger

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We have so many choices for how to respond to the anger we feel inside.

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Sukkah Hopping Of Days Gone By

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The High Holiday season is filled with rituals and moments that leave a lasting impression on a kid, from Shofar blowing to fasting to Sukkah building to cleaning up busted Butternut squash that fell during Sukkah decoration hanging. For me, one of the most memorable parts of the busy month was the annual Sukkah Hopping […]

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Reflections as Campers Rejoin the Real World

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In the past weeks, parents have welcomed back their children from summer camp. They had been looking forward to hugging their tired, tan bodies and hearing their children’s voices, hoarse from ruach-filled singing. Our kids came home with piles of laundry and the clay sculptures they made in art. They came home carrying with them […]

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