The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage breaks down the walls to an institution that is the ultimate symbol of acceptance.
Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
Elianna Yolkut is a Rabbi Without Borders who strives through challenging questions, innovative study and meaningful connections to help Jews at all life stages reach toward a deep understanding of and connection to Judaism. Raised with three brothers in her native St. Louis, where as a toddler she would often lose herself in the folds of her father's tallit, Elianna is a thinker, writer and educator who seeks innovative models for religious community-building and dynamic ways to teach Torah. Ordained in 2006 by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, she was later an adjunct faculty member there while serving as assistant rabbi at the Conservative synagogue Adat Ari El in nearby Valley Village. Elly, who holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology from Brandeis University, now lives with her partner and their young twins in Washington D.C. Learn more at www.rabbielianna.com
Jewish tradition encourages us to strive for compassion and forgiveness, but in some cases, we're allowed to shove that all aside.
Mired in scandal and increasingly growing out of touch with their communities, Jewish clergy needs a disruptive new vision.
Tension mounts when Orthodox and Conservative Jews want to pray together – but can't agree on how.
So long as synagogues fail to adapt to changing times - and young Jewish adults' search for spiritual meaning - they will continue to be irrelevant as venues for creating community.
Proponents of 'fun funerals’ would rather focus on the joys in one's life than the sadness in their death. Jewish law, however, sees death differently.
Many of us have ignored the real message of the call to action, 'never forget.'
It’s one thing to say gender roles are natural. It’s another thing to deny women access to leadership and marital freedom.
Could it sometimes be necessary for states to impose restrictions on religious freedom for the sake of other human rights?
In blaming women for the Jewish community’s demographic woes, the famous American talk-show host did nothing to advance the roles Jewish women really need to fill.