All Writings

“If Not News, Then What?”, Peace Parsha (Americans for Peace Now), December 21, 2016.

Raysh Weiss and Jonah Rank, “NiSh’ma Response on Yetzer Ha’ra,” Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities, V. 47, No. 722, December 2016, p. 2.

“Playing the Shofar in De-monic: Rashi on the Diabolus in Musica, Journal of Synagogue Music, 41:2, Fall 2016 (Cantors Assembly: Fairlawn, OH), pp. 54-61.

“Seven Blessings for Interlinking Souls,” September 1, 2015; Jonah Rank & Dr. Raysh Weiss; Open Siddur.

“This Jewish matchmaking service is the anti-JDate,” Danielle Wiener-Bronner, July 29 2015; Fusion.

“A Treasured People Enlightening Strangers and Friends” (Bulletin Message for Shavu’ot 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Getting to Freedom” (Bulletin Message for Passover 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Purim: A Great Holiday For Jews?” (Bulletin Message for Purim 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Our Holy Family Tree” (Bulletin Message for Tu BiShvat 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Seeking 70 Faces in Rabbinic Training,” on Hayim Herring, January 23, 2015.

Shiv’im Panim: Educating Towards Diverse Rabbinates” and “Towards a Rabbinic Curriculum of Shiv’im Panim on www.jonahrank.com to accompany “Seeking 70 Faces in Rabbinic Training,” on Hayim Herring, January 2015.

A Good Spark (Bulletin Message for Chanukkah 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“‘My Father, The Rabbi:’ Images of the Pre-Gaonic Rabbinate’s Paternal Authority,” Conservative Judaism, 66:1, Fall 2014 (RA, NY: pp. 107-131).

“Yesh Bereyrah–There Is A Choice: An Affirmative Judaism” on JewSchool: Progressive Jews & Views, November 30, 2014.

Applied Happiness (Bulletin Message for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

Senior Sermon on Lekh Lekha 5775 (Jewish Theological Seminary; New York, NY) textvideo (October 29, 2014).

Break for a Day of Opportunity (Sermon for 1st day of Rosh HaShanah 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

Getting a Head of the New Year (Bulletin Message for Rosh HaShanah 5775, Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Tahanun [Plea for Mercy] On Hard Days,” July 21, 2014; Noa Mazor, translated by Jonah Rank; Open Siddur.

“Documents For a Marriage From One Soulmate to Another,” July 17, 2014; Jonah Rank & Dr. Raysh Weiss; Open Siddur.

“Gender Neutralizing Ketubbah with Instructions,” December 15, 2013; Jonah Rank & Dr. Raysh Weiss; Open Siddur.

“What’s So Jewish About Dr. Who?” CJ Voices, Fall 2013 (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; New York, NY)

“9 Tips On Life, Love & Marriage; from somebody who’s been married for a little over a week” (2nd day of Rosh HaShanah, September 6 2013; Congregation Beth Israel; Gulfport, Mississippi).

“Being Watched by the NSA & God” (1st day of Rosh HaShanah, September 5 2013; Congregation Beth Israel; Gulfport, Mississippi).

“BIMA CE Investigation: What Kind of Learner Are YOU?” August 19, 2013 (Brandeis High School Blog; Waltham, MA).

“Music and Composition” July 26, 2013 (Brandeis High School Blog; Waltham, MA).

“Story Slam” July 26, 2013 (Brandeis High School Blog; Waltham, MA).

“God’s Gender & Engendering God” July 9, 2013 (Brandeis High School Blog; Waltham, MA).

Memorial Prayer For When There Is No Minyan,” August 11, 2013; uncertain authorship, translated by Jonah Rank; Open Siddur.

“Meet the Community Educators! Jonah Rank” June 11, 2013 (Brandeis High School Blog; Waltham, MA).

“Instruments With Souls, or What Weird Al and Ray Manzarek Have Taught About Making Music of the Soul,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, May 29, 2013.

“How To Become An Esoteric Mystic: Five For Fighting ‘Above The Timberline,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, May 2, 2013.

“400 Torahs” (Bulletin Message, Shavu’ot, May 2013; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“A Room For Every Body” USCJ100, April 2013 (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; New York, NY); UNEDITED VERSION HERE.

“Four Questions About Life of Pi,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, March 21, 2013.

“Too Much of Mine: The Black Keys’ ‘I Got Mine,’” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, March 20, 2013.

“The Simplest Wisdom” (Vayyikra, March 16, 2013; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“The Hametz We Need To Clear” (Bulletin Message, Passover, March 2013; Congregation Sons of israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Donald Fagen: Are We ‘Out Of The Ghetto?'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 14, 2013.

“Painting the Fence,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 11, 2013.

“Imagining a Goldfish-Friendly Purim” (Bulletin Message, Purim, February 2013; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“People Are Trees Too” (Bulletin Message, Tu Bishvat, January 2013; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Whose Was Heschel?” The Times of Israel, December 23, 2012.

“What Makes a Good Hanukkah Song?” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 10, 2012.

“How To Invite God On Chanukkah” (Bulletin Message, Hanukkah, December 2012; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Shenanigans (11/29/2012),” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, November 29, 2012.

“Resignation of the Self: Wartime Prayer” (Toledot, November 17 2012; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Bob Dylan & The Unknown Calling: ‘Duquesne Whistle,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, November 7, 2012.

“The Good Old Days: Subjective Memories of Weird Al Yankovic & The Talmud,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, November 5, 2012.

“Introducing Oholiav: A Meeting Place for Pop Culture & the Arts through Jewish Eyes,” JewSchool, October 10, 2012.

“Who Will Live On? (What Ben Folds Five Taught Me About Lists),” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, September 28, 2012.

“A Promised Mental Lanscape” (Lekh Lekha, October 27 2012; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Too Much? Then, Less Is Better” (Shemini Atzeret, October 8 2012; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Building Smarter” (Bulletin Message, Sukkot, October 2012; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“The Outlets of Sara Bareilles, Amanda Palmer & the Rabbis: Either ‘Sweet As Whole’ or ‘The Killing Type,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, September 11, 2012.

The Possession: Doesn’t Sound Like Mine,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, September 2, 2012.

“A Secret Jewish Language: Come and Listen” (Bulletin Message, Rosh HaShanah, September 2012; Congregation Sons of Israel; Amsterdam, NY).

“Annulling ‘Your Horoscope For Today’ Through Just Another ‘Roll of the Dice:’ Weird Al vs. Bruce Springsteen,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, August 27, 2012.

“The Problem With Your Stare: Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ Vs. MC Lars & K Flay’s ‘The Game,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, August 10, 2012.

“Darkness & Destruction: The Dark Knight Rises in Av,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, July 27, 2012.

“Artists Beit Midrash: Songwriting” July 10, 2012 (Brandeis High School Blog; Waltham, MA).

“Gratitude For Food – An Alternative Birkat HaMazon July 6 2012 (Brandeis High School Blog; Waltham, MA).

“From Babel to the Moon: La Luna,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, July 4, 2012.

“Unorthodox Yet Sincere, A Liberal Jew’s Anthem In Matisyahu’s ‘Sunshine,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, June 21, 2012.

“Strangers Among Us: Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, June 10, 2012.

“Becoming Nobody: My Last Time (?) With Women of the Wall,” The Times of Israel, May 24, 2012. Also posted by Women of the Wall.

“No Words, Only Jokes: ‘The Afterlife’ according to Paul Simon (and the Talmud) (and Pop),” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, May 21, 2012.

“Jakob Dylan and Spinal Tap Think I’m Evil: ‘Evil Is Alive And Well’ & ‘Warmer Than Hell,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, May 9, 2012.

“ל”ג בעמר והתגלויות סוף והתחלת שנה מיוחדת בארץ” (transliteration: “Lag Ba’Omer Vehitgalluyot Sof VeHathallat Shanah Meyuhedet Ba’aretz“; translation: “Lag Ba’Omer and Revelations of the End and Beginning of a Unique Year in Israel”) (circa Lag Ba’Omer, May 7 2012; Schechter Rabbinical Seminary; Jerusalem, Israel). In Hebrew.

“איך להתקדש ולאן להתקדם?” (transliteration: “Eykh Lehitkaddesh Ul’an Lehitkaddem?“; translation: “How Do We Become Sacred and Whither Do We Proceed?”) (Aharey Mot, April 28 2012; Eshel Avraham; Be’er Sheva, Israel). In Hebrew.

“When It’s Not a Bomb: ‘911 AM (Rudy Giuliani)’ by MC Lars & YTCracker,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, April 24, 2012.

“Missing the Wall & The Religious Misogynists’ Arresting Development,” The Times of Israel, April 23, 2012. Also posted by Women of the Wall.

“A Very Narrow Bridge & The Edge of Destruction: Next To Normal,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, March 29, 2012.

“Bruce Springsteen Dressed Up As You: Costumes At the Wrecking Ball,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, March 7, 2012.

Lord Howe Stick Insect Hatching: Birth, Emanation and Getting the Divine Image Right,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 29, 2012.

“The Best Limitation of the Self: Ben Folds Fifty-Five Vault,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 27, 2012.

“Saying No To Haman and Yes To Joy: An Adar Morning With Women of the Wall,” The Times of Israel, February 24, 2012.

“Are We Ready To Meet God In New Places?” The Times of Israel, February 20, 2012. Adaption of the Hebrew sermon.

“When Weezer Kvetches: ‘Blowin’ My Stack,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 20, 2012.

“האם אנחנו מוכנים לפגוש את הא-להים במקומות חדשים?” (transliteration: “Ha’im Anahnu Mukhanim Lifgosh et Ha’elohim Bimkomot Hadashim?“) (Mishpatim, February 15 2012, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary; Jerusalem, Israel). Delivered in Hebrew; for English adaptation, see “Are We Ready to Meet God In New Places?”

“Limiting the Light: Kanye West & ‘All Of the Lights,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 14, 2012.

“If Israel Is Mitzrayim (Bo, January 27 2012; Hartman Rabbinic Students Engaging Israel Conference; Jerusalem, Israel).

“Watching Birds at the Kotel,”Jacob’s Bones, January 25, 2012. Also posted by Women of the Wall. Originally posted here.

Girl Graffiti is Nothing At All: Hotel Lights’ Ecclesiastic Echoes,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, January 11, 2012.

“Mystical Lights of Love & More: ‘I Was Made For Sunny Days’ by The Weepies,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 28, 2011.

The Muppets and Israel: Community and Responsibility,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 13, 2011.

“So Over the Bars of a Graveyard: ‘Amelia Bright’ & the Imperative of Resurrection,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 1, 2011.

“God’s Doing and Humans’ Being: Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, November 21, 2011.

“Exile & the ‘Chad Gadya‘ Fail Chain: 8in8’s ‘Because the Origami,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, November 12, 2011.

“True Wealth in the ‘Badlands:’ Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Ain’t Got You,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, October 25, 2011.

“A Closer Look At Yael Naim: ‘Come Home,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, October 7, 2011.

“God’s Emissary Turns: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Devils and Dust,'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, October 2, 2011.

“Rethinking and Reaffirming a Mitzvah (2nd day of Rosh Hashanah, September 30 2011; Congregation Beth Israel; Gulfport, Mississippi).

“Anath At Le Poisson Rouge: Where Should We Express Ourselves?” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, September 16, 2011.

“Fitz & The Tantrums Are ‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces,’ But Why?” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, September 5, 2011.

“Bob Dylan Asks For Deuteronomy: ‘Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance,'” Jewish Eyes On The ArtsSeptember 4, 2011.

“I Sang Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Cover Me’ In Synagogue on Friday Night: Lovers and Covers,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, August 18, 2011.

“Is Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Life Itself’ In the Bible?” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, August 11, 2011.

“Sara Bareilles’ Kaleidoskope Heart: The Rainbow Hidden ‘Near Our Skin,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, July 20, 2011

“Flight of the Conchords, with ‘Carol Brown,’ Showing Us Each Our Names and Our Stories,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, July 1, 2011.

“Entering ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Alpocalypse With the Right Kavvanah,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, June 15, 2011.

“The Lonely Island’s Turtleneck & Chain: The Best 30 Seconds of My Life; Saying Little, Making a Big Impact,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, June 5, 2011.

“‘Who Said We’re Wack?’ by The Lonely Island: The Rumor Will Probably Get Smacked,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, June 5, 2011.

“Why I Didn’t See The Hangover Part II Today: Jewish Entertainment Law,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, May 25, 2011.

“‘Karn Evil 9’ by Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Come And See Our Selves,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, May 14, 2011.

“Randy Newman’s ‘Change Your Way,’ Ehud Banai’s ‘Hayyom,’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Ye Shall Be Changed:’ The Night the iPod Said to Me ‘Now!'” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, April 28, 2011.

“‘Super Mario Bros Theme Song’ performed by Jack Conte: Renewing The Old Times and Bringing Us Back,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, April 22, 2011.

“‘For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer’ by Warren Zevon: It’s Lonely Up Here, You Cannot Do It Alone,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, April 21, 2011.

Toy Story 2 as Yachatz: A Break in the Middle,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, April 20, 2011.

“The Book of Mormon: A True Story?” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, April 11, 2011.

“Catch Me If You Can (The Musical): Don’t Break the Rules,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, March 31, 2011.

“‘Undertow’ by Sara Bareilles: The Creation of, And the Keeping Alive of, Memories of Togetherness,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, March 3, 2011.

“No Strings Attached: A Relationship You Can’t Choose, A Relationship You Can,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 20, 2011.

“‘Leah Horowitz’ by Steve Mossberg: Expected to Measure Up to Famous Jews–Fair Enough?,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 13, 2011.

Bob Dylan Revisited: Receiving the Letter of Seventy Faces, Each Of the Same Name,”Jewish Eyes On The Arts, February 7, 2011.

“The Fashion Statements of Tefillin and Tzitzit: Symbols of Jewish Identity, Expression, Consciousness and Action,” Amud: Columbia/Barnard Undergraduate Journal of Torah, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (January 2011), pp. 11-23.

“‘Study: Family History of Alcoholism Raises Risk of One-Man Show’ In Need of Bedichuta,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, January 26, 2011.

Megamind: Can We Forgive an Ultimate Evil?” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, January 15, 2011.

“Elton John & Leon Russell’s The Union: Partnership, The Death,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, January 12, 2011.

“Babies: Worth the Pain?” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, January 11, 2011.

Tangled: Caught Between Reality and a Dream,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 28, 2010.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: Anachronism Yea Yea,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 27, 2010

“Ben Folds’ ‘Hiroshima:’ Watching Me Fall Into Humility,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 15, 2010.

“Imagining Heschel: Imagining the Other, Imagining the Self,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, December 9, 2010.

Wall-E: Creation, Repairing the World, and the Re-Creation of the World,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, November 14, 2010.

The Social Network: Believing the Truth in a False Story—I Like,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, November 7, 2010.

“An Evening With the Scottsboro Boys, John Kander, and the Resurrection of Fred Ebb,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, October 25, 2010.

“First Impressions of Lonely Avenue by Ben Folds: Revelation,” Jewish Eyes On The Arts, September 28, 2010.

“Bringing the Soul Back to the Body of Conservative Judaism: A History of Symptoms, and Some Working Prescriptions,” in A Manifesto for the Future: The ShefaNetwork Archive: Conservative/Masorti Judaism Dreaming from Within (edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2013), pp. 370-377. Originally published in ShefaJournal 5770:1: HaNefesh v’HaGuf: The Relationship Between Conservative Judaism and the Conservative Movement (edited by Nina S. Kretzmer; 2010).

“A Genealogy in Mikketz: Learning Names and Cleaving to God” (Devar Torah, November 10 2008; printed in Divrei HaYamim, newsletter of the Office of Student Life at the Jewish Theological Seminary; New York, NY).

“I Will Not Say ‘Ve’erastikh‘ For A While: A Davar On Tefillin & Articulating A Relationship With God Anew To Fill In Voids, In God’s Name” (Bemidbar, May 14 2010; Midway Jewish Center; Syosset, NY).

“Listen: Revising a Definition of ‘Elyon’ On the High Holidays” (Ha’azinu, September 26 2009; Midway Jewish Center; Syosset, NY).

“An Evolution of Jewish Song” (Shabbat Shirah, February 6 2009; KOACH at Columbia/Barnard Hillel Kraft Center; New York, NY).

“Departing, A Rebirth In the Imparting” (Hayyey Sarah, November 21 2008; KOACH at Columbia/Barnard Hillel Kraft Center; New York, NY).

Teshuvah for Turning Community Into Increased Community” (NitzavimErev Selihot, September 28, 2008; Se’udah Shelishit of Columbia/Barnard Hillel; New York, NY).

“A Guide To Improvising a Private Prayer Before the Communal Amidah” (March 28, 2008; Women’s League Seminary Synagogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary; New York, NY).

“When Things Come Out Of Our Flesh: Parashat Metzora in 2008” (Metzora, April 11 2008; KOACH at Columbia/Barnard Hillel Kraft Center; New York, NY).

“Building Sacred Relationships Through Dialogue” (“Mathilde Message,” No’ah, October 28 2008; Letter to Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall Dorm, Jewish Theological Seminary; New York, NY).

“Vayyera 2007: A Case of Dualities and Double Entendres” (“Mathilde Message,” Vayyera, October 25 2007; Letter to Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall Dorm, Jewish Theological Seminary; New York, NY).

“A New Version of Conservative Judaism: Would You LIke To Upgrade Now?” Achshav! The Official Magazine of USY, Summer 2008 (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; New York, NY), p. 14. 

“Tolerating Rock Music and the Jews” Koach On Campus E-Zine, 2009 (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; New York, NY) (original link now defunct; reprinted here)

“Culture Corner: Contemporary Music in Contemporary Hebrew for Contemporary Jews” KOACH On Campus E-Zine, September 12, 2007 (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; New York, NY) (original link now defunct; reprinted here)

“Journeys at BIMA: Mas’ei 2005″ (Mas’ei, August 6 2005; Midway Jewish Center; Syosset, NY).


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