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  • What Does Conversion Really Mean?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 18, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    In a joint e-mail exchange, Daniel Gordis, president of the Shalem Foundation and senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, and Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, discuss Jewish conversion and their new book, “Pledges of...

  • Shavuot 5768: Midrash love

    By David Suissa

    June 5, 2008 | 2:21 pm

    When I think of Torah, the first thing that comes to mind is a divine, rigorous system of laws that guides an ethical and holy way of life.

    The last thing I think about is whimsy and romance.

    Yet, over the past few weeks, as part of the B'nai David-Judea Congregation, I have...

  • Jewish literacy Is a mitzvah—and not fulfilled with phonetics

    By Richard Wagner

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the People of the Book, literacy is a mitzvah, a sanctified behavior that draws us closer to God and the Jewish community.

    Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of the Fathers, described a curriculum in the year 200: "A 5-year-old begins Tanach," or scripture; "a 10-year-old begins Mishnah,"...

  • Prolific Neusner Takes on Mishnah

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Making God's Word Work: A Guide to the Mishnah," by Jacob Neusner (Continuum, $29.95).

    I don't know how many times I've been in a conversation with a Christian who suddenly out of nowhere asked, "What do you think of Neusner?" They don't even feel a need to mention the man's...

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  • Small Shul With a Big Heart

    By David Finnigan

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When comedic actor Larry Miller and his wife first went to Studio City's Congregation Beth Meier 11 years ago, the very small shul's Tomb of Rachel architecture was less inspiring than watching elderly Rabbi Meier Schimmel toss one back at L' Chaim time.

    "He pours himself a blast of...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Naming a Child in an Interfaith Marriage

    Dear Rabbi,

    I was brought up practicing the Jewish faith. While I have not continued the practice as an adult, I do plan on being more proactive with my beliefs. My husband is Protestant and we are currently expecting our second child....

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