God and the people in Israel, in mundane and sublime ways, through nature and human endeavor, interact in a unique partnership.
Rabbi Mindy Portnoy / Jewish World blogger
Rabbi Mindy Avra Portnoy is a Reform rabbi at Temple Sinai in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Yale University (1973) and ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (1980), she is also the author of five Jewish children's books, all published by Lerner/Kar Ben. Her first book was the groundbreaking “Ima on the Bima: My Mommy is a Rabbi” (1986) and her most recent is “A Tale of Two Seders” (2010). Rabbi Portnoy is married, and the mother of two adult children, including a son who lives in Tel Aviv.
The importance of nature and the outside world, the ultimate vulnerability of human beings, and shifting our focus to the Land of Israel – the challenges of Sukkot are also its messages.
In her first Rabbis’ Round Table blog, Rabbi Mindy Portnoy, author of ‘Ima on the Bima: My Mommy is a Rabbi’ and one of the first female rabbis in the U.S., describes her inner struggle of serving the American Jewish community while longing to be in Israel.