Ask a (liberal) rabbi…

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

We’re picking up our “Ask a…” series today with “Ask a (liberal) rabbi….” For this entry, I’m pleased to re-introduce Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, who you will remember wrote an excellent guest post for us during our series on Esther last year. 

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat was ordained by ALEPH: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal in 2011. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is author of three book-length collections of poetry: 70 faces: Torah poems (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011), Waiting to Unfold (Phoenicia, 2013), and the forthcoming Open My Lips (Ben Yehuda, 2014), as well as several chapbooks of poetry.

A 2012 Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, she participated in a 2009 retreat for Emerging Jewish and Muslim Religious Leaders in 2009, and in 2014 will serve as faculty for that retreat. Since 2003 she has blogged as The Velveteen Rabbi; in 2008, TIME named her blog one of the top 25 sites on the internet. She has been an off-and-on contributor to Zeek since 2005. She serves Congregation Beth Israel, a small Reform-affiliated congregation in western Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband Ethan Zuckerman and their son.

We’ve already interviewed an Orthodox Jew. Since Rachel is a Jewish Renewal rabbi who serves a Reform congregation, she can introduce us to several other expressions of Judaism. 

You know the drill!

If you have a question for Rabbi Rachel, leave it in the comment section. Please take advantage of the “like” feature so we know which questions are of most interest to readers. At the end of the day, I’ll choose 6-7 questions to send to Rabbi Rachel for response. You can look for the follow-up with her responses in about a week. 

Check out the other interviews in our “Ask a…” series here. 

Ask away! 


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