President Trump used the Bible for a photo op — but he never opened it. If he had, which verse might he have used to heal our country?
The redemptive arc of Ruth is not linear, but rather comes by way of individual acts of goodness.
We need a Chancellor willing to boldly renew Jewish tradition even as the nature of community and identity formation is changing.
Far easier than knowing what to say is to begin with what not to say — how not to respond.
Until this month, I have never recited vidui — the death-bed prayer — to a person over the phone, and I hope never to do so ever again.
This year is the 100th anniversary of baseball’s original sin.
Ours is an era when the unthinkable has become thinkable again.
Why do American Jews talk about Israel so much? Because it is easier than turning the lens on the endangered condition of our Judaism.
Few books have an iconic status specifically for Conservative Jews, but it is fair to say that “Tradition and Change: The Development of Conservative Judaism” is one of them. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of this landmark volume of essays on movement ideology, edited by the late Rabbi Mordecai Waxman. For a half-century, it has served as a veritable reference manual — the *vade mecum — *for anyone interested in the intellectual roots of Conservative Judaism and its institutional arms. Today, “Tradition and Change” continues to illuminate Conservative Judaism’s rich past, but it also offers valuable insights for a movement that has been struggling with uncertainty about its future.
Name five contemporary Jewish theologians saying something interesting about Jewish belief who had not already published a major work by 1990. Stumped? So am I.