In staking claims about the validity of Jewish identity, the rabbis show that the Diaspora has existed for nearly as long as Judaism
I had to lie about my religion to enter the kingdom on business, but I would continue to daven every morning in secret
Pi, irrational numbers, and squaring the circle are all brought to bear to find justifications for tradition
In dissenting opinions, Talmudic rabbis propose and debate every detail of Sukkot’s booth and, in so doing, measure God
A holy desecration is unethical in part because of the social pressure to reflect well on the tribe
The Torah-observant gentiles of the Hebrew Roots movement get circumcised, lay tefillin, and grow peyos
Manna, and fasting, are not just miracles of sustenance and faith, but also elements of jurisprudence
After my child died, I reconnected with God through prayer—which is the point of Kaddish, on both sides of the mechitza
Illogical Jewish laws are ‘matters that Satan challenges’: raising doubts for enemies of Judaism and skeptical Jews
Judaism’s manual of sacred technology prizes holiness over beauty, action over thought, and ritual over belief
Biblical examples of righteousness and wickedness show that in Judaism, goodness remains possible and divine
Overseas, I sought out ways to connect to the community, but when I came home, my old sense of alienation would quickly return
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.