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  • Why Knowledge Isn’t Power

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    By Gavi Applebaum

    Ever since I was young, I knew that I was an intellectual. I loved to read. It gave me an outlet. As I progressed through school, I came to believe that knowledge could arm me, enable me to deal with the world. Somewhere along the lines, however, knowledge...

  • What Do You Want to Know About Synagogues?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 29, 2012 | 8:00 am

    I recently received the Fall edition of Reform Judaism magazine, and quickly came across the article, “What Do You Know…about Synagogues?” on page 10. The Editor’s note at the start of the article says, “This is the first article in a series designed to increase your Jewish...

  • Religion: The ‘first and worst’ explanation

    October 23, 2008 | 1:25 am

    Until about 1832, when it first seems to have become established as a noun and a concept, the term "scientist" had no really independent meaning.

    "Science" meant "knowledge" in much the same way as "physic" meant medicine, and those who conducted experiments or organized field...

  • One-Day U

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 17, 2008 | 11:13 pm

    Maybe it was because I had just helped my daughter move into her freshman dorm room and I was envious of the deliciously named courses she was thinking of taking. Or maybe it was because I've always been a sucker for pitches like "Conversational Hebrew in One Day!" Or maybe it was...
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  • Judaism 101: everything we need to know

    By Jo Kay

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What is Jewish literacy? What does it mean to be Jewishly literate? Who is an educated Jew?

    Paula Hyman, professor of modern Jewish history at Yale University, wrote in an issue of Sh'ma, "There has been no consensus on the issue of 'Who is an educated Jew?' for more than 200...

  • Balance With ‘One Foot’

    By Rachel Brand

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Has a question or statement about Israel ever caught you so off guard and tongue-tied that you wished you could just reach into your back pocket to pull out an answer? Well, now you can.

    Dr. Mitchell G. Bard, author and executive director of the American-Israel Cooperative...

  • The Ethics of War

    By Uriel Heilman

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the U.S. House and Senate voted last week to pass resolutions authorizing the use of military force against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the domestic political debate surrounding the war issue was brought to rest, at least for the time being. But for many people across the...

  • Finding Their Way

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Her husband, Christopher, a pianist and composer, agrees.

    "Sometimes, when I play at Jewish weddings, I have to explain to them that the kiddush should come before the motzi, the blessing of the bread."

    Like most converts, the Hardins take the precepts of their adopted faith more...