Nov 19, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

My teacher, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, challenged some colleagues to make a list of what we consider to be the top ten or so issues confronting contemporary Jewish life.  They could be issues of modernity, moral dilemmas, political issues, issues of identity, ethnicity, faith, destiny, observance, education, or  history.  These are a few issues from my personal list. 
  • Multiple Authenticities in Jewish communal life
  • Commandedness/Compelling-ness in the Modern Jew's life
  • Intermarriage (meaning not "it completes Hitler's work!" but "is it the wrong thing to do?")
  • Davening as Opposed to Praying
  • A Holistic Zionism (both aspects of Herzl's dream: protecting and developing the Jewish State)
  • Jewish Youth Education: demanding inclusion and sustainability
  • "Jewish Establishment in the Cloud" - the paradigm shift from "headquarters" to technologically-enabled organizing, where "location" is irrelevant  
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On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson <bartson@ajula.edu> wrote:
Dear Hevrei,

I would like to ask a favor of each of you. Would you please take a few minutes during the next week or so to make a list of what you consider to be the top ten or so issues confronting contemporary Jewish life - these could be issues of modernity, moral dilemmas, political issues, issues of identity, ethnicity, faith, destiny, observance, education, history whatever.

If you would send me a list of your top 10 or so issues, I would be most grateful!

בברכת שלום

Brad
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RABBI BRADLEY SHAVIT ARTSON
Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair
Vice President, American Jewish University 

Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies 

Familian Campus
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Los Angeles, CA 90077-1599
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