Rabbi Artson fields questions from the students of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies as the new academic year begins! Topics include: when you don’t want to be a rabbi, coping in a broken world, Rosh HaShana thoughts, spiritual work during the holidays, patrilineal and matrilineal descent, approaching God during the Days of Awe, Conservative Judaism and egalitarianism, and how to fight the urge to covet. What a session!
Listen to Rabbi Artson’s stirring, reasoned address to the Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, offering Jewish wisdom and strategies for strengthening unity without uniformity, and reclaiming civil discourse during a shrill and partisan time.
In a time of unprecedented change, political turmoil, and a desire for spiritual depth that augments human dignity and honors our diversity, how can Conservative/Masorti Judaism shine more light in the world? Listen to Rabbi Artson’s Keynote Address at the international conference of the Rabbinical Assembly, held in Chicago.
Join Rabbi Artson and the students of the Ziegler School in a lively, unscripted conversation about reading the Megillah in Hebrew, the tragic school shooting in Florida, does God feel our pain, our response to immigrant children, what does it mean to feel that one was a Hebrew slave in Egypt, what links us to future generations, and the limits of gendered language in the Bible!
Join with the Ziegler students as Rabbi Artson fields questions ranging from voting on Rosh HaShanah, the possibilities of asceticism in Judaism, lessons from this year’s flu, living with a family secret, the future of non-egalitarian observance within Conservative Judaism, and the spirituality of tonight’s Blue Moon!
Read literally, the Bible can be a terrible book: a bullying patriarchal God who justifies slavery, rape, the marginalization of women and people with special needs. Shouldn’t we just close the Book of Books and run away? Rabbi Artson shows a better way: armed with a vision of justice, love, and peace, the Bible becomes the world’s most powerful tool for the dignity of all people, for living harmoniously with our planet, and for a vision of universal peace. We just need to learn to read it right!
Rabbi Artson opens worlds of science and Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), narrating the dramatic story of the birth of our cosmos (the way science understands it and the way Kabbalah intuits it) and the privilege we grasp when we participate in its becoming, for good!
In October’s Q&A, Rabbi Artson responds to issues of sexual harassment and the #MeToo campaign, how to create accountable institutions, what brings hope and joy, why does the High Priest need a rope when going into the Holy of Holies, business ethics and unintended consequences, rabbinical students and synagogue membership, and augmenting life outside of rabbinical school. All in one packed Q&A!