Rabbi Judy Chessin
By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or At the center of the Torah, the very heart of the book of Leviticus, lies a fundamental teaching of Judaism: “Love your neighbor as yourself (19:18).” Rabbi Akiva concluded that it is the major principle of the Torah (Palestinian Talmud Nedarim 9:4) and
By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or Our feet “prayed” as 20 Jews from Dayton marched across the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. This was just one of many stops on our Etgar 36 Civil Rights Journey in February, on which Dayton high school students participated with me, Temple
By Rabbi Judy Chessin Temple Beth Or, and Chair, Synagogue Forum of Dayton Remember the story of the East Coast rabbi who was invited to serve a Midwestern pulpit? On his very first Shabbat, a fight broke out among congregants who disagreed as to whether they should or should not
By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or, and Chair, Synagogue Forum of Dayton We cheered when gymnast Aly Raisman wowed the crowd with her floor performance to the strains of Hava Nagila at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It was with less enthusiasm that critics hailed the 15-year-old Russian ice
By Rabbi Judith Chessin, Temple Beth Or I will never forget the insistence of my Classical Biblical Hebrew university professor that “the heroine of the book of Judith was not actually named Judith. This was merely an allusion to the fact that God used the agency of a mere woman
By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or & Chair, Dayton Synagogue Forum The role of Jews in our nation’s civil rights movement is a source of pride for most in our community. We thrill to the iconic image of Abraham Joshua Heschel linking arms with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
By Rabbi Judy Chessin, Temple Beth Or, Washington Township, Ohio Special To The Dayton Jewish Observer Who doesn’t fondly recall those kiddie costume pageants and carnivals in celebration of the festival of Purim? Growing up, my religious school classmates and I relished dressing up as Queen Esther or King Ahashverus,