Posted on September 20, 2021 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

None of us are islands, separate from the river of life and love that makes us who we are. Instead, as Judaism reminds us, we are the shared effort of many who supported and loved us, and they remain with us in each breathe. 

Posted on September 20, 2021 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

The genius of Judaism has linked two separate phases of turning: a spiritual return to our truest selves, and a physical return into our bodies, our world, and as Jews, to Israel. This double teshuvah, spiritual and physical, personal and centered on Zion, invites us home on every level.

Posted on September 9, 2021 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

As we continue to find our way through a challenging time, Judaism offers us wisdom and focus to hold on to a realistic hope and time-tested resilience.

Posted on July 22, 2021 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

This week I participated in a Conservative Leadership Delegation to Israel to confer with Israel’s new President, cabinet ministers in the new coalition government, members of the Knesset from multiple political parties, and leadership of the Jewish Agency. I also spoke on two panels (with JTS’ chancellor and the CEO of the Rabbinical Assembly) on Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday night.

Posted on March 13, 2020 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

As published in the Jewish Journal:

The Coronavirus is now officially a world-wide pandemic. As I write these words, there are about 130,000 confirmed cases, of whom some 5,000 have died, another 6,000 are considered serious, and about 70,000 people have recovered. 116 countries have been infected (out of a global total of 195).  By the time you read these words, it is probably that the numbers will have risen...

Posted on January 29, 2020 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Let’s rethink the assumptions of religion, taking seriously what we learn about the world from science (including relativity theory, quantum, cognitive neurology, evolution) and bring that back to a biblical/rabbinic understanding of how God and world create meaning through dynamic relationship and self-determined choice.

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Listen in to December's Q&A with Rabbi Artson and the students of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. This month's hot topics: the future of Conservative Judaism, December dilemma, Kaddish without a Minyan, Jewish law (halakhah) today, the power of Hanukkah, personal preference vs communal authority, issues about Israel!

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Listen in to the Ziegler School monthly Q&A with Rabbi Bradley Artson, as we explore: teshuva for today, making the world more just, is Conservative Judaism dying?, can we get the old people to step aside?, what if you don't believe in God?, what about Ellen?, and french fries? and how do we navigate humility while being true to ourselves?