Israeli Rabbinate Should Learn From Shavuot Heroine

The convert heroine of the Shavuot story can teach the Chief Rabbinate a thing or two about how to deal with Russian immigrants, writes Pesach Sommer.

Want Authentic Shavuot Meals? Try Fruit, Not Dairy

When Shavuot rolls around, many of us think: Finally, an opportunity to plan a delicious dairy meal! Only problem is, dairy isn’t originally a Shavuot food at all.

On the Mountain: Men praying on Mount Gerizim overlooking Joseph’s Tomb on the eve of Shavuot.

Shavuot Is Holiday That Speaks of Love And Freedom

Shavuot often doesn’t get the respect it deserves among the Jewish holidays, writes Avi Shafran. It’s time we understood it for what it is, a celebration of love and freedom.

High Walls: Should becoming Jewish be as hard as getting into Harvard Law School?

Why Is It So Hard To Convert to Judaism?

EDITORIAL: Why is it so difficult to convert to Judaism? With dwindling numbers and increased intermarriage rates, it’s time to rethink our attitudes about what it takes to join the tribe.

The Shaming of Rabbi Barry Starr

If Rabbi Barry Starr weren’t so ashamed of his feelings towards men, he might not have allowed himself to be blackmailed. That shows how much work our community still has to do.