Faith Matters: Short Sermon, Pay Attention to Details

11/15/2015 06:11:18 PM

Nov15

This column first appeared on June 20, 2015, in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

By Rabbi Dr. Rob Lennick

My wife Heidi loves sunflowers! (This is explained at the end of this column.)

People tend to dread the Book of Leviticus with all of its laws and details. Some see the Law of Moses (which is actually God’s Law) as somehow too exacting and even obsolete. God has offered newer forms of creating a...Read more...

Faith Matters: We've Got to be Taught Religion of Love (Carefully)

11/15/2015 06:08:22 PM

Nov15

This column first appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on April 14, 2015.

By Rabbi Dr. Rob Lennick

It was the first day of school and the first day of first grade for two little girls who arrived at the classroom door at exactly the same time. The moms came to a sudden halt as they approached the door. Holding their daughter’s hands, they pulled the kids back, almost protecting them from each...Read more...

Faith Matters: Rabbi Finds Himself in 'Buckle of the Bible Belt'

11/15/2015 06:02:53 PM

Nov15

By Rabbi Dr. Rob Lennick

Last September, I arrived in Northwest Arkansas from Pennsylvania for a four-month stint as rabbi-in-residence at Congregation Etz Chaim in Bentonville. Before I set out on this adventure, my friends — of a variety of faiths — were astounded, if not concerned. They offered their barrage of questions: “Why on earth would you want to go to Arkansas? You are a progressive thinker, and you’ll be in a sea...Read more...

Defying Stereotypes, Jewish Life in the South is Flourishing

11/15/2015 05:48:23 PM

Nov15

This article first appeared in The Forward on Nov. 10, 2015.

By Paul Berger

When Courtney Ferriter arrived six years ago in the predominantly Protestant community of Auburn, Alabama, she needed a place where she felt like she belonged.

“You feel like you’re a bit of an outsider, so the natural inclination is, you want to go find your people,” Ferriter said.

Ferriter, a graduate student at Auburn...Read more...

Restoring Torah reclaims past, inscribes future

11/15/2015 05:31:25 PM

Nov15

The following column first appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Aug. 8, 2015.   By Rabbi Rob Lennick   FIRST, THE DARKNESS   Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, 1988, in his seminal book, Night, tells a chilling story about witnessing the execution of three inmates in the Buna (Auschwitz-Monowitz) work camp during the Holocaust.   Two adults and a child were led to the gallows. The older men had committed...Read more...
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