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The Hasidic Community Is Not a Cult

By Joseph Berger

Hasidic Jews follow charismatic leaders, marry and work within the community, and avoid secular distractions. But that doesn’t make their faith a cult, Joseph Berger writes.Read More

Why Should Women Pray to a Male God?

By Elissa Strauss and Scott Perlo

There is some inherent dissonance to being a God-believing woman. Elissa Strauss talks with Scott Perlo about whether women should keep praying to ‘Him.’Read More

Who's to Blame for Temple Mount Violence?

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu blames Mahmoud Abbas for spiralling Temple Mount violence. But Israeli security insiders say Jewish extremists pose just as potent a threat, J.J. Goldberg writes.Read More

Why Do We Keep Dissing Chabad's Spirituality?

By Jay Michaelson

Why are we still ignoring spiritual practice as a means to engage young Jews? Chabad houses are doing something right — and we should learn from them, Jay Michaelson writes.Read More

Rabbis on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

By Jay Michaelson

With scandals mushrooming, Jay Michaelson wonders if Rabbi Barry Freundel was such an exception. He asks: Are we stressing out our rabbis to the breaking point?Read More

The Shrinking Jewish Middle

By Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer

Newly emerging evidence from the Pew survey of American Jewry points to huge challenges facing federations, Jewish philanthropy and organized Jewish life.Read More

More Dire Signs of Liberal Jewry's Demise

By J.J. Goldberg

As the number of non-Orthodox day school kids plummets, Haredi enrollment explodes. J.J. Goldberg sees this as another dire sign for the future of liberal Jewry.Read More

Two Jewish Berlins, Divided by the Wall

By Liliane Weissberg

With the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, the city’s two Jewish communities, invisible to one another for so long, suddenly came face-to-face.Read More

Building Jewish Life on the Rubble of the Berlin Wall

By Michael Brenner

25 years ago, the fall of the Berlin Wall offered a new lease on life for German Jewry. But it’s a very different community than anyone imagined, Michael Brenner writes.Read More

Switzerland Begins To Confront Its Own Holocaust Past

By David E. Gumpert

What will it take for Switzerland to emerge, at long last, from the shadows of the Holocaust? Two disputes over Nazi-looted art may hold the key.Read More

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