Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel


Embed this content in your HTML

Search

Report adult content:

click to rate:

Account: (login)

More Channels


Channel Catalog


Channel Description:

Judaism & Jewish Life - My Jewish Learning
    0 0

    The holiday of Shavuot demonstrates a method of gift giving that we may want to deploy when thinking about advancing social justice. Think about it. What might have happened if instead of the whole counting of the Omer (those 49 days between Passover and Shavuot), and had instead received the Torah on the last night […]

    0 0

    Like many Jewish children, my kids live for camp! They count down every day of the year until it’s time for camp to begin. It’s the highlight of their year. They come by this camp obsession naturally, because I was the same exact way. Camp was and is still a profound experience in my Jewish […]

    0 0

    We live with a practical tradition. We begin the New Year with ten days devoted to introspection. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we are asked to review our past; failures and victories, to evaluate our relationships and how we can make things better for ourselves and those we care for. We take stock of our […]

    0 0

    Keshet is pretty excited about The Guys Next Door , a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Erik and Sandro, a gay couple with two daughters birthed by their friend Rachel. (Check out the trailer below!) We had the chance to chat with Amy Geller, who is co-producing and directing the film along with Allie […]

    0 0
  • 08/13/15--06:00: Receiving in Giving
  • In Parashat Re’eh, this week’s Torah portion, we’re plainly taught that if we freely give to brothers and sisters who are in need, we, ourselves, will be blessed. In wondering what this might mean, I realize that I have had just such an experience… One 4th of July, my husband Ross and I were languishing […]

    0 0
  • 10/15/15--06:00: How Can We Do the Most Good?
  • There’s a new TV show out called “Adam Ruins Everything,” where comedian Adam Conover shares everything that’s factually incorrect — and even harmful — about topics like security, cars and food. The first episode is entitled “Adam Ruins Giving,” and in it, he talks about why canned food drives are a terrible idea, why Tom’s Shoes is not so generous, […]

    0 0

    Thanksgiving 2015: We had a full house down here in Jackson, Mississippi, with all of our kids home for the holiday.  It was wonderful to spend quality time talking about college, internships, school and all of the activities everyone’s engaged in these days. And of course, we talked about the next holiday around the corner: […]

    0 0

    People want our tzedakah dollars. We are all deluged by solicitations, whether through phone calls, online requests, mailed letters, or even directly by sh’lichim, supplicants, on our doorsteps. At celebrations, conferences, lectures, and other public events, we are solicited – sometimes almost tackled – by friends, acquaintances, family members, and even people we do not […]

    0 0
  • 02/07/16--03:00: Forget Me Not
  • One of the more troubling aspects of Tzedakah (charitable giving) is its tendency to be coercive. I often hear people who are turned off by different communal policies of publicizing the names of donors to “encourage” others to give. The practice goes back to the Middle Ages and before. I myself have been disenchanted by […]

    0 0

    Judaism and justice go hand in hand. The Jewish value of tzedakah (charity, from the Hebrew word for “justice”) underscores that to “be Jewish” is partly to “do Jewish,” and to “do Jewish” means to give generously. Judaism asks tzedakah not only as charitable acts of support for others, but also as defining acts of identity for ourselves. […]

    0 0

    Around Hanukkah this past year, my family decided to start our own giving circle. Sitting around the kitchen table, armed with the Amplifier Giving Circle participant workbook for each member of the family, we began to plan out how we wanted to collectively make a difference. So, a few months later… how are we doing? This has […]

    0 0

    Happy Thanksgiving! For many, Thanksgiving gathers us with family and friends, inviting us to reflect gratefully on our blessings. For others, Thanksgiving can be a day of quiet despair and even shame for those who don’t feel grateful and festive. Like all holidays, Thanksgiving espouses values that resonate during the rest of the year. Its deeper […]

    0 0

    I recently read an article in the New York Times about Charles F. Feeney, whom the headline calls the “James Bond of Philanthropy.” I had never heard of Mr. Feeney previously, but I was so impressed by what I read, that I took some time to learn more about him. Mr. Feeney, a very wealthy man, […]

    0 0

    I am temporarily living in my Grandma Gertrude (pictured above)’s house. So my kitchen is actually, my grandma’s kitchen. She didn’t really like to cook. She did bake though: rich sticky brownies topped with marshmallows, enormous chocolate chip cookies with nuts and raisins, good neighbor cakes. She was a big feminist, my grandma, and we […]

    0 0

    Keshet is pretty excited about The Guys Next Door , a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Erik and ...

    The post The Ultimate Tzedakah: Being a Surrogate Mother appeared first on My Jewish Learning.


    0 0

    I recently read an article in the New York Times about Charles F. Feeney, whom the headline calls the “James Bond ...

    The post Philanthropist Charles Feeney, Maimonides and Anonymous Giving appeared first on My Jewish Learning.


    0 0

    On my 7th birthday, I got a Tropical Barbie Doll. You know the one where the swimsuit changed colors in ...

    The post Memories of Birthday Past Inspire Giving to Others appeared first on My Jewish Learning.