Congregation Adonai Echad, Rabbi Roland

Welcome to Rabbi Roland’s Room.

It is here at Congregation Adonai Echad that we may have ongoing dialog, discussion, and an honest exchange of thoughts concerning post-denominational, trans-denominational and non-denominational Judaism.

A few links for us to review, as we begin our journey:
Non and Trans Denominationmal Judaism, a video.
Beyond dogma; Uriel Heilman, Newton, Massachusetts. Jerusalem Post-International Feb 25, 2005. pg. 15, Full Text (3437 words); Copyright 2005 The Jerusalem Post).
Defining our Jewishness in a Post-Denominational Age, developed by Michael Gillette, Chavurah Masarti.

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְיָ אֶחָֽד

Sh’ma, Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad.

Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.

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4 Responses to Congregation Adonai Echad, Rabbi Roland

  1. Rabbi Roland says:

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  2. Rabbi Roland says:

    There are a variety of internet websites listed under the heading of “Web Links – Jewish” over in the right side margin of each and every Roland’s Rambling blog page here that you may also find interesting.
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  3. Rabbi Roland says:

    Tonight, we light the first candle ushering in Chanukah. May the burning oil of light shine freedom for all.
    Happy Chanukah!

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  4. Rabbi Roland says:

    I recall the big debate when I was very young that involved some people in Jewish Orthodoxy alleging that Reform Movement of Judaism was not really Jewish and that Reform Jews may as well be Christians. Now, in my older years I see that there has been much movement between those two branches of Judaism that seem to bring them much, much closer to one another. However, it appears to me that a similar type of acrimony to that which had existed with Orthodox Jews toward Reform Jews of yesteryear now exists with yet another Jewish movement.

    It appears to me that “traditional” Judaism today has replaced the object of its criticism from that of the Reform Jewish movement with that of Jewish Universalism. That is unfortunate in my view. I remember Rabbi Yossi Shemtov of Chabad of Toledo once telling me, “A Jew is a Jew is a Jew” when I had a conversation with him several years ago about the apparent schism that had existed between Orthodox and Reform. I believe his assertion is just as appropriate in the present situation with Jewish Universalism, as well.

    Read and learn more about Jewish Universalism and responses to it at the following web pages and sites:

    Jewish Universalism from Sim Shalom.

    Jewish Universalism – What is it? – By Rabbi Steven Blane from Rabbi.Net.

    The Universalistic Vision of Judaism from The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

    Jewish Identity Vs. Universalism, “The choice between freedom and identity is a false one.” by Natan Sharansky from Aish.com – Your Life, Your Judaism.

    Shalom,
    Rabbi Roland

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