Jewish Journal

Jacob Neusner

  • One man’s sukkah is another man’s shack

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Let me tell you about my Brazilian song. I heard many songs in Brazil, surely the most musical of all countries. The power of dance and music shapes few worlds so forcefully as Brazil's.

    I heard a song for Sukkot in Brazil. It is a song of the shacks in the slums -- that is to say,...

  • Why Reform, Chabad Are Necessary

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Contemporary Judaism cannot spare any of its competing components. Each one, from Charedi to Reform, has a unique contribution to make.

    I recently spent some time with the Helsinki Jewish community and learned something about Judaism I didn't know. First, I learned that the...

  • When Jews Became a ‘Modern’ People

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    "After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity" by David Ellenson (Hebrew Union College Press, 2004).

    In the forward of "After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity," Michael Meyer explains: "This book is directed especially to a broader readership...

  • The Next Battle

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The next chapter in the struggle for normality in Judaism on the part of gay men and lesbians will take place within Conservative Judaism over admission to rabbinical school.

    Conservative Judaism defines the final battlefield for full equality because it forms the vital center of...

  • The Intellectual Crisis of Jewish-American Life

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    What would life be like for us if ideas mattered in the inner domain of Judaism? Let me give three criteria for the standard of a vital intellectual life, a religious community to which ideas make a difference. First, when ideas matter, people argue with one another about ideas, not...