A Talmudic problem: Abraham lived before the law was given, so how can his actions be used to interpret the law?
I’ve struggled for decades to feel comfortable in synagogue as a single woman. Wrapped in a silk prayer shawl, I finally felt at home.
An ancient principle of Judaism, debated at length in the Oral Law, is that it is a sin to count Jews—or is it?
When I got married, my sheitel was a symbol of my vows and my Orthodoxy. Then it became a symbol of my discontent.
The activist behind those anti-Christmas billboards says Judaism is incompatible with the views of nonbelievers—like himself
The whole idea of a ritual bath seemed foreign and too religious. But now it’s a warm reminder of the moment I became a Jew.
To the Talmudic rabbis, a miracle is more plausible than the notion that their sources were incorrect
Founder Zelig Golden, an environmental lawyer turned rabbi-in-training, tries ‘to reconnect the Jewish people’ to the earth
A ‘mezuzah,’ like Judaism, is designed for life in this world, not for a messianic future, or for martyrdom
As a Jewish kid surrounded by Christmas cheer, an Afterschool Special inadvertently showed me that I didn’t have to try to fit in
The rabbinic tradition arose from the fact that the Bible doesn’t tell us what we need to know to lead our lives
In their faith, Talmudic rabbis kept contradictory thoughts, believing in both the reality of miracles and their unreliability
In the Talmud’s descriptions of self-glorifying and self-enriching Temple priests, lessons for today’s public officials
An American explains why she’s flying halfway around the world to join Women of the Wall for their 25th anniversary Kotel prayer group
The popular video game franchise has precious advice to offer about communication, continuity, and keeping the faith