This is the most important generation

I’m just listening to an amazing talk by Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky called “Why be Jewish?” It is on a website I’ve never seen before but is definitely worth taking  a look at called Judaism online. Check it out.

Anyway, one of the most interesting things he’s said so far is that the newer generation is the most important generation. If they don’t have a good answer to the question, “Why be Jewish?” they won’t be Jewish. For other generations, the dreidel and Yom Kippur were enough of a reason. Not anymore.

By the way, he’s really funny too. It’s a little lengthy but totally worth listening to.


Is Judaism passé?

I know, even this question is passé. But I really do wonder… is it wonderful enough to survive modernism? I can’t help but ask it.

I just started teaching a class to high school girls for 45 minutes in the evening. It is taking place in an after-school program for Jewish kids who are in public school.

This is my first experience with these kids so obviously I barely know them or what they’re about but still, I look at them and wonder what they would see in Judaism. Continue reading “Is Judaism passé?”

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