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.
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