Apr 24 2012
They’re the busy, overworked leaders of their communities, and once in a while–just like parents–rabbis could use a little recognition.
Our friends over at MyJewishLearning are doing something pretty cool: in light of Newsweek‘s list of America’s Top 50 Rabbis, they’re offering up a chance for readers to vote for their favorite rabbis. The nominees have been narrowed down to 20 rabbis from all over the country, and now it’s your chance to do some voting! The rabbi with the most votes by May 7th will win a dinner for two and a much-deserved massage. So head on over to MyJewishLearning, click through the Top Rabbis slideshow, and choose your favorite rabbi of the bunch!
Mar 15 2012
From left to right: Rabbi Steve, Amalia, and his husband, also Steve.
Steve Greenberg is the first gay Orthodox rabbi, which seemed reason enough for us to want to talk to him. Read on to hear about his challenging journey to become a rabbi, father, and activist in the gay Orthodox community.
Did you always want to be an Orthodox rabbi, ever since you were a little boy?
Well, I can’t say when I wanted to become a rabbi but it was probably a growing interest from my late teens. I became “frum” (religiously observant) when I was 15. I accidentally met an Orthodox rabbi who invited me to his house for lunch and he invited me to study with him every Shabbat, “over tea and oranges.” I was charmed and said yes. I was totally enraptured by the Jewish learning and became a valued member of his community in a year. I was probably thinking about becoming a rabbi when I chose to attend Yeshiva University following high school. But my first clear memories are when I was learning in Israel at a Hesder Yeshiva and spoke to Rabbi Amital about the idea. By that time I was 20 years old.
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