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“Bourbons & Boundaries”: Discussion on Intermarriage in Classical Jewish Texts

The other night, I led an in-depth textual exploration of the prohibition of intermarriage in Judaism.  It was the fourth and final  event in a series to combine a spirits-tasting alongside a deep textual exploration of a topic in Jewish tradition in the 2013-2014 (5774) year. One of the more salient points to emerge was READ MORE

Rabbi Drew speaking about tallit and tefillin

Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah

Last week, I joined with a family (and their friends and family) to celebrate their son becoming a bar mitzvah. A question I got frequently was, “Where is the Torah-reading?” When this family initially reached out to me in the summer of 2012, they indicated that they wanted to do something to celebrate their son READ MORE

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz speaking at TribeFest 2014

Young Adult Jewish Communal Professionals Conference?

One of my takeaways from having attended TribeFest last month is that many young adult Jewish communal professionals are really looking for something [that is not yet being offered to them] (when speaking about young adults, for the context of the organized Jewish community these days are 20s-30s (for some, it also includes early 40s)). READ MORE