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Aug 28, 2020 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Ki Tetzei
The Jewish master narrative hinges on retelling our own story of being enslaved and freed by God to become a holy people. We tell this story repeatedly, and it is meant to wash over our souls and permeate our brains. Enslavement should feel real, as should the taste of freedom.Read More
Jun 22, 2018 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Text Study
God will return to us when we are willing to let Him in—into our banks and factories, into our Congress and clubs, into our homes and theaters. For God is everywhere or nowhere, the father of all men or no man, concerned about everything or nothing. Only in His presence shall we learn that the glory of man is not in his will to power but in his power of compassion.
Jul 14, 2017 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Pinehas
“What does your dad do at Google?”
One of our JustCity Leadership Institute pre-college program students explained that her mother works at Google in a significant leadership position. Yet each time she wears a Google T-shirt, people ask her what her father does there.Read More
Oct 21, 2016 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Sukkot
We’ve lost touch with how to speak with one another. How else can we understand our current political reality?
Seemingly overnight, our national conversation has sunk into a morass of racism, classism, Islamophobia, and misogyny. And yet it didn’t happen overnight. We created—and allowed to be created—a system that encourages each of us to demonize anyone from a different background and with a different perspective. We got used to interacting only with people who agree with us.Read More
Mar 18, 2016 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Pekudei
Semikhah, ordaining of clergy, is on my mind these days as we move closer to my first JTS ordination as an associate dean. No longer the person receiving semikhah, this time I am privileged to help ordain new clergy.Read More
Aug 14, 2015 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Re'eh
So many people of color and their houses of worship have been destroyed this year because we haven’t rooted out systemic racism and oppression; because, like the weather, we talk about it, but most of us don’t do enough.Read More