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  1. Jews Around the World: India and its Jewish Community

    Audio by JTS on May 21, 2014 in Culture

    Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m. with Peter A. Geffen, Founder and Executive Director, KIVUNIM  and Graduates of KIVUNIM KIVUNIM is a program for Jewish youth exploring the cultures of Jews around the world     Lecture ...

    stasch - May 21, 2014

  2. Judaism Is More Than Skin Deep

    Commentary by Rabbi Noah Bickart on March 26, 2014 in Culture

    The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling, a rash, or a discoloration, and it develops into a scaly affection on the skin of his body, it shall be reported to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons, th ...

    cldemesier - March 27, 2014

  3. Enthusiastic and Committed Judaism

    Commentary by Rabbi Danielle Upbin on March 19, 2014 in Culture

    When my husband and I named our first son Nadav, we knew that we would have some explaining to do. On one side, we had friends and family who had never heard of the name and had trouble pronouncing it. On the other, more knowledgeable folks questioned us ...

    cldemesier - March 19, 2014

  4. A Dress Code for Judaism

    Commentary by Professor Arnold M. Eisen on February 4, 2014 in Culture

    I received a valuable insight into this week’s Torah portion over lunch one day about 20 years ago at the Stanford University Humanities Center. Across the table sat a female professor from China, newly arrived on her first visit to America. I was the fir ...

    cldemesier - February 7, 2014

  5. Living Practice: Not “How” but “Why”

    Commentary by Rabbi Ute Steyer on January 9, 2014 in Culture

    “ Now when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although it was nearer; for God said, ‘The people may have a change of heart when they see war, and return to Egypt.’” (Exod. 13:17)   In this week’s parash ...

    cldemesier - January 13, 2014

  6. The Older Shall Serve the Younger

    Commentary by Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky on December 11, 2013 in Culture

    The Viennese psychologist Alfred Adler theorized that birth order within a family was a decisive factor in shaping one’s personality. Firstborn children tend to be natural leaders, he theorized, because parents tend to shower them with attention, and youn ...

    cldemesier - December 12, 2013

  7. What Did Joseph Mean to Say?

    Commentary by Dr. Walter Herzberg on December 3, 2013 in Culture

    Joseph, viceroy of Egypt, who has not yet revealed himself to his brothers, threatens to retain his brother Benjamin as a slave (Gen. 44:17). Judah implores Joseph to allow Benjamin to remain free, and proposes that he, Judah, “remain as a slave to my lor ...

    cldemesier - December 5, 2013

  8. Words of Prayer: New and Old

    Commentary by Rabbi Samuel Barth on October 9, 2013 in Culture

    “ What Page Are We on in the Prayer Book Blues ” is a lighthearted song made famous by a pair of Orthodox artists in the 1980s called the Megama Duo (start at 3 minutes and 22 seconds in the linked video). The song would never have become as (in)famous as ...

    cldemesier - October 9, 2013

  9. Saul Bellow's Spiritual Quest

    Video by JTS on May 8, 2013 in Culture

    The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was pleased to host Greg Bellow, who will discussed with JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen what it was like to grow up with legendary author Saul Bellow as a father, as well as the older Bellow's personal, religious ...

    chschwartz - May 8, 2013

  10. The Fiction of Teshuva

    Video by JTS on December 3, 2012 in Culture

    Join best-selling authors Susan Isaacs and Linda Fairstein as they discuss the characters in their books and whether teshuvah is really possible-or if it is just fiction. The program, moderated by Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, was held on Tuesday, November 20 ...

    chschwartz - December 3, 2012