The separation of church and state is what enables me to practice my religion freely - and we have a responsibility to welcome gays into our community.
Rabbi Avi Weiss
Avi Weiss is the senior rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and the founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and Yeshivat Maharat.
This was the message of the Lubavitcher Rebbe: no matter the challenge, no matter the fear, remain optimistic. To our enemies, too, we must declare, 'Am Yisrael Chai' – 'The people of Israel live.'
'We were so hopeful that this war was over.' From the personal diaries of Rabbi Avi Weiss.
It was the bloodiest attack against the Jewish Diaspora since the Shoah, but no perpetrators have been brought to justice, thanks to an Argentinian cover-up that U.S. Jewish leaders failed to condemn.
Our friendship thrived despite its explosive start: A 1985 press conference when I implied that Edgar Bronfman was selling out Soviet Jews for money.
Clubby synagogues that don’t welcome the physically and mentally challenged have the real handicap: the aspiration of Judaism is not for perfection, but for community and redemption.
Jewish teaching encourages one to offer hoda'ah - 'thanksgiving,' But hoda'ah is also associated with recognition of our natural human limitations, impelling us to declare 'ani modeh' - 'I admit.'
It would be inappropriate for there to be built at Ground Zero - the site of an attack against an all-embracing way of life - any edifice that represents a particular religious belief.
The best way to promote Judaism and, for that matter Orthodoxy - indeed, the best way to inspire hundreds of thousands of Russian immigrants to seek out conversion - is through openness.
And then something wondrous occurred. As we left the Palestinian village of Yasuf many who at first had refused to shake our hands reached out.