Judaism , Mennonite , Oklahoma

A presentation: Comparing the Anabaptist and Jewish traditions

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Video: Two Traditions that I love: Comparing Anabaptism and Judaism The following is the text of a talk I gave at Joy Mennonite Church in Oklahoma City on April 23, 2023. I am very thankful that this church (where I once ministered) was willing to let me come back and share some of my observations from these two traditions (FYI, I am now Jewish).  Also, FYI – the accompanying slide show for this talk can be found here. (SLIDE 1)  It is such a joy to be here at Joy today! (laughs) Today I’m going to speak about what I […]

Judaism , Reproductive Justice

Judaism and Vasectomies

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This was originally posted on Facebook. Kveller.com: I’m a rabbi who had a vasectomy even though Judaism prohibits it. A very thoughtful piece but the headline is misleading. #Judaism doesn’t bar vasectomies, but rather #halakha does. Most Jews today (but especially those in the Reform, Reconstructionist, and Humanistic movements) do not treat halalah as binding in the traditional sense. On a related note —- getting a vasectomy was one of the best decisions of my life, so I am always glad to talk to anyone who is considering the procedure but who is nervous about it. #Mazeldon