Elie Kaunfer


In Israel, Religion Is Reduced To Simplistic Categories

By Elie Kaunfer

In Israel, Religion Is Reduced To Simplistic Categories
Do Israelis put too many labels on faith, like Orthodox or secular? Elie Kaunfer argues that the convenience of easy categorization is outweighed by the danger of oversimplification.Read More


Authentically Egalitarian

By Elie Kaunfer

This is the thirteenth entry of an ongoing series exploring Jewish feminism. Read More


Supply-Side Judaism

By Elie Kaunfer

The Jewish community is expert at anticipating failure, even disaster. Declining affiliation rates, rampant intermarriage, collapsing schools and synagogues — these are the problems that top the communal agenda. Judaism, it is said, is a product that no one wants to buy anymore. The question is then posed: How can we convince people that Judaism is still relevant?Read More






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