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My Jewish Learning

flying onion 1 webMany of you will recognize the name of this website. If you’ve ever studied with me, in any synagogue or JCC class, chances are that you’ve heard me recommend MyJewishLearning.com as a fabulous resource for additional information about whatever topic we were studying.  In addition, MyJewishLearning.com hosts numerous blogs, including one written by alumni of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders.

I was honored to be included in a recent conversation, initiated by Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, Director of Rabbis Without Borders.  She wrote a post titled “Why Rabbis Should Talk About Israel,” to which our colleague Rabbi Ben Greenberg responded in a post titled “Why Rabbis Shouldn’t Talk About Israel.

I decided to take another approach and to write about why I personally do not talk about Israel.  This is not a blanket rule, nor is Israel a taboo topic for me. But, at least for the moment, I have chosen to talk about other things.  I am grateful for the suggested revisions by MyJewishLearning’s editor and delighted that they posted my piece, titled “Why This Rabbi Does Not Talk About Israel.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Israel is a topic that gets people’s blood pumping and, when emotions run high, impulsivity tends to override thoughtful and rational conversation. We sometimes allow ourselves to say things we later regret. As a rabbi who works primarily with adolescents, I strive to nurture the open-minded exploration of questions about Judaism…read more here

I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

 

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