As a rabbinical student, I know that one day I will have to tutor your kid for a bar or bat mitzvah. But guess what: I don't want to.
Don't get me wrong, because I love kids. Especially during…holidays. There's nothing more fun than watching kids beat each other at dreidel, or get their hands all gross from honey on Rosh Hashanah and chase after one another. That's good stuff. The bnei mitzvah? Not really worth anyone's time or money: and there are four big reasons why. 1) They Don't Accomplish Much Remove… >> Read More
My name is Patrick Aleph, and I would like to be your rabbi. I'm graduating from an independent, progressive rabbinical program in a few years, so consider this my job interview. Kveller parents…seem to want the kind of rabbi in their lives that I would like to be. So here it goes. Fellow Atlantan Logan Ritchie in her article on Atlanta Jewish Kids Groups asked, "What happened to the Reform synagogues of yesteryear? I want my rabbi bearded, wearing a tie-dye tallit, and playing guitar." Mrs. Ritchie, I have an on-again-off-again beard,… >> Read More