Jewish Journal

  • Deck the halls or don’t: Jews and Christmas

    by Ryan Torok

    December 21, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    Patrick Emerson McCormick, an entertainment attorney who was raised Catholic, converted to Judaism after meeting his Jewish wife, Jessica. Even after...

  • Israel’s chief rabbis form panel to set standards for recognizing foreign converts

    by Andrew Tobin, JTA

    December 15, 2016 | 2:42 pm

    Israel’s Chief Rabbinate formed a panel to set standards for which Diaspora rabbis’ conversions it would accept as valid.

    The Ashkenazi and Sephardi...

  • Jacob and Esau: It’s complicated

    by Joshua Holo

    December 14, 2016 | 5:33 pm

    Sometimes Torah simply refuses to give us the straight dope. Were man and woman created simultaneously from God’s command (Genesis 1:26-27)? Or did God...

  • Jews are world’s most educated religious group, study finds


    December 13, 2016 | 1:31 pm

    Jews are the world’s most-educated religious group, with an average of more than 13 years of formal schooling, according to a new study.

    The Pew...

  • Angels and Dreams

    by Rabbi Michael Barclay

    December 7, 2016 | 2:05 pm

    “A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read” (Bavli, Berachot 55a).

    This week’s Torah reading begins with the dramatic image...

  • Consequences

    by Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 30, 2016 | 3:39 pm

    Having buried Abraham and Sarah, the biblical narrative moves to the next generation: Isaac and his family. This week’s parsha is Toldot, which can mean...

  • RCA must stand behind the conversions performed by its members

    by Marc Angel and Avi Weiss, JTA

    November 28, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    Let us begin with the facts: Converts whose conversions were conducted according to halachah, or Jewish law, are 100 percent Jewish.

    In the eyes of...

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