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Religion

Privilege and the Chosen People

I feel as if I won the lottery by being born Jewish, as so many of my most cherished memories and values are inherently tied to this part of my identity. As proud as I am of my Jewish identity, I’ve always been troubled by one of the fundamental ideas in Judaism: that Jews are “the chosen people.”

The 8 Best Jewish Quotes from Broad City’s “Lost and Found”

A curated list of the eight best Jewish quotes from Season 5, Episode 6 of Broad City.

Celebrating the New Moon in Jerusalem

Activist and writer Merle Feld recounts a harrowing experience praying at the Kotel with Women of the Wall.

Sabrina Sojourner

Hazzan Sabrina Sojourner is a seasoned cantor whose spoken word midrashim create a larger vision of who we are as a people, inspiring us to take better care of ourselves, each other, and our planet.

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti currently serves as the Rabbi of Brown RISD Hillel and Associate University Chaplain for the Jewish Community at Brown.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Rabbi Sandra Lawson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in a military family. She graduated from Saint Leo University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.

My Power is My Privilege

Power and privilege have always played, and will continue to play, a very significant role in my life. As a biracial, Jewish woman, my life has always been complicated, and oftentimes, confusing. That being said, I acknowledge and know I have an incredible amount of privilege.

Who Funds Religious Life on College Campuses?

Jewish life organizations on college campuses rely on outside funders with their own agendas, and progressive religious students are left in the dust.

Episode 28: The Torah at Her Fingertips (Transcript)

Episode 28: The Torah at Her Fingertips (Transcript)

Episode 28: The Torah at Her Fingertips

Batya Sperling Milner Reading Torah

Batya Sperling Milner’s recent bat mitzvah was groundbreaking; it was the first held in an Orthodox synagogue in which the Torah portion was chanted from braille. In this episode of Can We Talk?, Batya talks about the highlights of her bat mitzvah and her mother, Aliza Sperling, discusses her groundbreaking scholarship on blind people reading Torah within the bounds of Jewish law. We talk about the first ever braille trope system—one created especially for Batya. Batya describes her love of Torah, her commitment to Jewish law, and her desire to be recognized for who she is, rather than defined by a disability.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Religion." (Viewed on March 22, 2019) <https://jwa.org/topics/religion>.

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