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Danya Ruttenberg



Danya Ruttenberg is an American rabbi, speaker, scholar, and award-winning editor and writer. She is the author of numerous books on the subjects of spirituality, Judaism, parenting, and feminism, and has served as Scholar in Residence at the National Council of Jewish Women.

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Chesed, Tzedakah, Tzedek: What's the Difference?

Learn three Jewish practices that you can use to change the world for good with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. Chesed is the Jewish practice of loving kindness or caring for someone else. It is voluntary and individual.

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Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism

Thanks in large part to the struggles of their activist foremothers, today’s young Jewish women have a dizzying array of spiritual options.

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Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

There is enough room in our spiritual expressions not only for all of the love we feel for our families, but also for the hectic, distracted chaos that so often defines parenting small children — if we are willing to expand our understanding of what religious expression is, and can be.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About God

This video is part of a series made possible by the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. Lots of parents find it difficult to talk to their kids about God. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, an American rabbi and author, gives us some tips and reassures us that it's okay not having a definite answer.

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Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting

Every day, parents are bombarded by demands. The pressures of work and life are relentless; our children’s needs are often impossible to meet; and we rarely, if ever, allow ourselves the time and attention necessary to satisfy our own inner longings.

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The Latest Parenting Trend–Radical Amazement

The 20th-century rabbi and theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel writes often about “radical amazement,” that sense of “wow” about the world, as the root of spirituality.

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How Parenting Can Become a Spiritual Practice

This video is part of a series made possible by the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. What was your spiritual life like before you became a parent? Did it change when you became a parent? Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg argues that raising children can be its own form of spiritual practice.

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2012 - New Interpretations of an Ancient Identity - Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

The fourth Israeli Presidential Conference, Facing Tomorrow, 2012. Panel: New Interpretations of an Ancient Identity: The Next Jewish Generation. Speaker: Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, USA.

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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg Reads from "Surprised by God"

This is the audio of a talk that Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg gave at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership on June 2, 2009, on her book, "Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion."

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Makomdc Speaker Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

"Intimate Relations as Ritual: Sex, Marriage and Intimacy from the Talmud to Today" Adas Israel seeks to create a unique, shared space where we can discover what it means to be human and to be part of a sacred community.

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