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Franz Rosenzweig, the Jewish philosopher of the early 20th century, once adopted a famous line from the ancient Roman playwright Terence: “as I am human, nothing human is alien to me.” Rosenzweig gave the challenged his Jewish reader to assert that, as a Jew, “nothing Jewish is alien to me.” ...continue reading "Nothing in the Jewish Songbook is Alien to Us"

I am dismayed by the polarizing decisions made recently by the Israeli government concerning Nashot Hakotel (Women of the Wall) and on conversion.   Please read this editorial piece by Lesley Sachs of Nashot Hakotel. NYTimes: Jewish Women vs. The Jewish State I had the opportunity to hear Lesley Sachs in ...continue reading "A Time to Act: In Support of Women of the Wall"

Over the past few weeks I have been meeting with friends and with our newly formed Panim Hadashot-New Faces Advisory Board to review our mission statement. I am happy to unveil Panim Hadashot-New Faces revised mission statement. New Tagline:  Revitalizing Shabbat Hospitality Meaning Panim Hadashot-פנים חדשות  (Pah-neem Chah-dah-shote) means “new ...continue reading "Introducing the New Mission Statement for Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

Bloggers note:  I wrote this prior to going to the March for Science on April 22, 2017.  While the march is over, I believe the teaching here remains relevant in helping  to understand the relationship of Judaism to science and its deeper implications for the era of fake facts and ...continue reading "Why This Rabbi Went to the March for Science on Shabbat"

Dear Readers, I invite your comments about this synopsis, especially those who have experienced our gatherings over the past 6 months.  RDG Panim Hadashot-New Faces A Synopsis of Our Emerging Community Version 1.7 New Faces-Panim Hadashot is a new community dedicated to revitalizing the practice of Jewish Hospitality.   The Hebrew ...continue reading "A Description of an Emerging Community: Panim Hadashot-New Faces"

By Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Erev Pesah, 2017/5771 Several years ago, one of my students for conversion to Judaism was invited with her Jewish boyfriend to a Seder in the local Orthodox community. A few days prior to the festival a guest who was coming to that Seder, upon hearing that ...continue reading "Closing or Opening the Door on Passover"

And Abraham came forward and said (to YHWH).  “Will you annihilate the virtuous with the wicked?  Maybe there are fifty virtuous who are in it (the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah)?  Far be it from you to do a thing like this, to kill the virtuous with wicked--and it will ...continue reading "“Will you annihilate the virtuous with the wicked?” "

Panim Hadashot-New Faces is a unique organization in the Jewish community that is focused on revitalizing Jewish hospitality traditions.  We believe that hospitality is not only a critical spiritual practice.  It also has important ethical implications on how we treat the stranger.   As leader of Panim Hadashot, I feel moved ...continue reading "Hospitality and this Week’s Executive Orders on Immigration"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Sunday, December 4, 2016 The word hospitality in modern parlance is commonly understood as an industry. To study hospitality at a school today is to learn about hotel management and business practices to follow to be successful in this industry. The term has been "capitalized", referring to ...continue reading "The Origins of Jewish Hospitality"

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg Written 16-11-10   For me the results of the presidential election were devastating. I was so concerned about the racist and Anti-Semitic undertones of the Trump campaign that I volunteered to canvas for HRC in a battleground state for a week before the election. I spent a ...continue reading "A Message to Friends of Panim Hadashot-New Faces Concerning the Election"