Can I Get an Amen?

The first female rabbi was ordained 40 years ago.  Now my Florida synagogue welcomes a woman to its pulpit.

Frank Talk

Although Rabbi Helga Newmark survived the horrors of the Holocaust, a childhood slight—from Anne Frank—stayed with her for the rest of her life

Mourning Glory

When a mother succumbs to cancer in old age, and a father faces his own mortality, a son is reminded of the blessings of a good shiva

Beggars on Horseback

The needy come to a New Jersey synagogue to claim their due, and the donations that result seem to flow both ways

A Rabbi’s Christmas

A shopping trip to Borough Park on Dec. 25 reveals a lesson about pious passivity and dignity—and the value of human relations

Talking Points

After the Arab Spring, a summer of Israeli protests, and the Palestinian bid for statehood, what will rabbis say in their High Holiday sermons?

Oh, L.A.!

Seriously, like the most L.A. thing you’ll ever read

Supply and Demands

The major movements of American Judaism require congregations to follow their rules when hiring clergy. A Duke law professor, a leader at his synagogue, says the restrictions create an illegal monopoly.

Daybreak: Nothing Was Delivered

Plus U.S. tries to open Syrian front, and more in the news

First Draft

Envisioning a rabbi’s struggle to write an original Yom Kippur sermon

Brainstorming the Future of British Jewish Life

Help the homeless, save the planet, and note history of fish and chips

Role-Playing Rabbis

Students receive a new kind of training

Sundown: Kosher Food Porn

A cuddly Jewish monster, another con man, and multi-denominational togetherness

Rabbis in Recession

The recession has hit the rabbinate, too. How are the newly ordained—and laid-off veterans—handling the rabbi glut?

Dearly Beloved

On not losing a father, when gaining ‘the one’

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