God Loves You: Reclaiming Our Jewish Inheritance

God Loves You: Reclaiming Our Jewish Inheritance
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Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould

Rabbi | Anshe Emet Synagogue

As a young out gay boy, Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould was explicitly told that God hated him. Yet, it is through his journey from that boy to the rabbinate and insistence that we find God's love in our Jewi... See more

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From a Rabbi, An Open Letter to People Who Are LGBTQ

It is now four days since the heinous attack in Orlando. In the world of cable news, an eternity has already passed. But for those of us entrusted with caring for students and congregants, the story is only now beginning to unfold-and the pain being expressed is simply searing.

Chicken Stories

There is a well-known story about two rabbis walking down the road, late on a Friday afternoon. An obviously poor, elderly woman approaches them with a chicken in her hand. "Rabbis," she asks, "is this chicken kosher? I've just bought it, but I'm worried that it may not be."

Loving and Fearing God

Reprinted with permission from The Jewish Religion: A Companion , published by Oxford University Press. In Jewish thought the love and fear of God are to be understood as complementing one another. Fear without love can easily result in a too rigorous and ultimately stultifying approach to the religious life.

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From a Rabbi, An Open Letter to People Who Are LGBTQ

It is now four days since the heinous attack in Orlando. In the world of cable news, an eternity has already passed. But for those of us entrusted with caring for students and congregants, the story is only now beginning to unfold-and the pain being expressed is simply searing.

Chicken Stories

There is a well-known story about two rabbis walking down the road, late on a Friday afternoon. An obviously poor, elderly woman approaches them with a chicken in her hand. "Rabbis," she asks, "is this chicken kosher? I've just bought it, but I'm worried that it may not be."

Loving and Fearing God

Reprinted with permission from The Jewish Religion: A Companion , published by Oxford University Press. In Jewish thought the love and fear of God are to be understood as complementing one another. Fear without love can easily result in a too rigorous and ultimately stultifying approach to the religious life.

Rabbi D'ror  Chankin-Gould, 

Rabbi | Anshe Emet Synagogue

Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould is one of the rabbis at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, Illinois. Previously he worked as a chaplain at UCLA Medical Center, a classroom teacher, retreat director, and curriculum author for Los Angeles Hebrew High School, an education fellow at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, and the JCSC Fellow at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. D’ror was the first openly gay man to be accepted by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, where he was ordained in 2013. In 2007 he served as editor in chief of “The Hillel LGBTQ Resource Guide”, and in 2008 he published an article in the “Journal for the Study of the Old Testament” documenting a Feminist recovery of Bathseba. D’ror is a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. At Anshe Emet Synagogue, D’ror focuses on pastoral care and counseling, religious school education, youth programs, and supporting the community’s reach to diverse populations. D’ror is a grateful talmid of Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson.