Jacob Neusner


Jewish Studies Rises, but We Pay the Price

By Jacob Neusner

Jewish Studies Rises, but We Pay the Price
The flourishing of Jewish studies at secular American universities in recent decades is a remarkable and profoundly important development. As students return to their campuses, it is not only those who attend Yeshiva University, Hebrew Union College or the Jewish Theological Seminary who will have access to high-level teaching and scholarship on Jewish topics.Read More


Meeting Benedict: A Rabbi Talks With the Pope

By Jacob Neusner

The walk through the papal apartments led through several long rooms, each richly decorated in antiques and hangings and paved with marble.Read More


Returning to Reform

By Jacob Neusner

Once upon a time, there was a young man, a third-generation American who was raised in a classical Reform temple, who in the Reform manner celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah and who was confirmed in the Reform rite. He was inspired by his temple’s rabbi to himself become a Reform rabbi. He held national office in the National Federation of Temple Youth, and he was admitted to the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College.Read More


Catholics Have a Right To Pray for Us

By Jacob Neusner

Israel prays for gentiles, so the other monotheists, the Catholic Church included, have the right to do the same — and no one should feel offended, as many have by Pope Benedict XVI’s recent revision of the Tridentine Mass.Read More


The Pope and I: A Debate With Jesus Is Joined By Benedict XVI

By Jacob Neusner

I made up an imaginary conversation with Jesus and wound up debating the real-life Bishop of Rome, the pope.Read More






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