The cover photo for the Forward's article is of the wedding one year ago of CNS members Kate Smallenburg Burch and Margee Churchon Burch, as they accepted their Ketubah, made by CNS member (& Board Secretary!) Meredith Trauner. Rabbi Kelman and I were both interviewed for the article, sharing our different approaches, as Conservative Rabbis, to same-sex Jewish marriages.
The article was sparked by the momentous decision today of the Conservative/Masorti Movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards to adopt templates for same-sex Jewish wedding rituals. As CNS member Nina Meigs put it:
It's a good, good day. Today, after 6 years of deliberation, the Conservative movement in Judaism voted YES for same sex wedding rituals. So grateful to be embedded in a community that goes out there and actually creates the change we hope to see in this country.
We are a community with a passion for Living Torah. As we continue our shared quest for holiness, as we deepen our relationships with each other, and as we strengthen our shul's future, we should take a step back every once in a while and realize the positive difference we make in the world, just by being the incredible community we are.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…