Jewish Journal

Challenging the Myth

By Julie G Fax

April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

By the time the transplant team approached Doris Ullendorf and Ken Gorfinkle, they had already talked about donating the organs of their first-born son.

They knew that Ari, who until 48... read full article

  • Condemning the Vote

    By Julie Wiener

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's bad for Jewish unity, but not as bad as the decision to recognize the children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers as Jews.

    That's how Orthodox and Conservative rabbis are viewing the Reform movement's recent decision last week to affirm the right of its rabbis to officiate...

  • Creating Pariahs in the Jewish Community

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Pity the children. Rabbi Simeon Bar Yochai declared "Throw yourself into a blazing furnace rather than shame a neighbor in public." (Talmud Berachoth 43b)

    Now consider Camp Ramah's "Statement of Religious Qualifications for Children." The recently floated statement ("Ramah's...

  • Lighting the Way

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A parable from the Midrash: Once, a sighted person and a blind person were walking along the way. Said the sighted person to his fellow traveler, "Come and grab my arm." He did, and in this manner did the blind person walk. When they arrived at the house, the sighted person spoke...
  • All You Need Is Love—and Friendship and Respect and…

    By Jane Ulman

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Girls are my mortal enemy," announces my son Danny, 8. He won't be sending any Valentine's Day cards this year.

    My husband Larry and I won't be sending any Valentines either. Or exchanging gifts. We never have.

    For me, the problem is not the pagan and Christian roots of Valentine's...

  • Living Waters

    By Julie G Fax

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The young woman held out her scrubbed fingernails to the attendant, ready for the final check for any specks of dirt before she descended the stairs into the warm, narrow pool of water.

    "You're shaking," said Sarah Levin, who for nearly 20 years has been a "mikvah lady," ensuring...

  • Is Jewish the Next Next Thing?

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The 1999 souvenir program sold at Jacob's Field in Cleveland featured a full-page ad for Best's Kosher, "the official kosher hot dog of the Cleveland Indians."

    Madonna, Roseanne, Elizabeth Taylor and Sandra Bernhard are among the pop celebrities studying Kabbalah, a once-obscure form...

  • Bad News: Things Are Fine

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A new study of national Jewish population trends was completed recently at the University of Miami, by one of the nation's leading experts in Jewish demography, and it's a bombshell. Once you've seen it, you can't look at the Jewish future the same way.

    Simply put, the study shows...

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