Author of "Embracing Auschwitz" and "Mensch•Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi - Wisdom for Untethered Times." Winner of the Rockower Award, the highest honor in Jewish journalism and 2019 Religion News Association Award for Excellence in Commentary. Musings of a rabbi, journalist, father, husband, poodle-owner, Red Sox fan and self-proclaimed mensch, taken from essays, columns, sermons and thin air. Writes regularly in the New York Jewish Week and Times of Israel.
Friday, September 30, 2022
In This Moment: Prayer for Florida
In This Moment
As we witness the devastation taking place in Florida and other coastal states, our hearts reach out to fellow congregants and others who are suffering. Below is a Jewish prayer written for hurricane victims.
This weekend is Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Join us for services this evening and tomorrow. Rosh Hashanah services were so inspirational - the music took us new heights! Below are some screen shots from the streaming video. Thesermons can be accessed here, I focused on Ukraine on Rosh Hashanah, and I've posted some updates. Uman survived the holiday relatively unscathed, but the ongoing tragedy of Ukraine is heartbreaking, as you can see from this Tweet. I pray that we be sealed for a good year.
and G'mar Hatima Tova
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman
This dog’s name is Crimea. He lost all his family with 2 children today when Russia launched a missile attack on Dnipro. Contused and scared, the dog was crying and didn’t want to leave the ruins of his home. Krym, as he is called, was taken from the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula when he was a puppy.
Deep Identity: An Essay on Prestige, Israel and America- Hard to get a job. My Columbia degree doesn’t mean anything here. Interesting. If by “not mean anything,” you mean that people aren’t familiar with Columbia and its reputation as a storied Ivy League institution, that’s right. It’s true that a Columbia degree doesn’t carry the same prestige points or brand signaling here. Most people haven’t a clue about their acceptance rate or perceived exclusivity. To be clear, the degree is valuable for what you actually learned: the knowledge, skills, and “education” part of “higher education.” But not the brand name. All this got me thinking: prestige—the social prestige from association with Brand X or Club Y—seems to exist less in Israel. Nobody seems to care. More than that, many Israelis resent it. I want to understand why.