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“A Dialogue of Life” is a book about interreligious dialogue between Jews and Christians, but it is so much more. It is a book to be savored, like poetry. A book to be pondered, like philosophy. A book that guides us to the most difficult of all human endeavors: listening, truly listening to one another.”
—Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, Director, Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, JTS

 

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Rabbi Silvina Chemen was ordained as a rabbi in 2006 at the rabbinical school for Latin America, Seminario Rabinico.

By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz | Director of Israel Programs, The Rabbinical School, JTS

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With the opening of the book of Leviticus and its keen focus on sacrifices this coming Shabbat, many laypeople and clergy alike begin an exegetical struggle for connection and relevance. Though the chancellor acknowledges this difficulty, he rightly encourages us to dig deeper in the text and in ourselves as “Leviticus aims to heighten and sanctify ordinary experience” (ibid., 71). Where may we find a vivid example in Parashat Va-yikra that opens this cryptic text to “sanctifying ordinary experience” in the modern world?

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch latches on to Leviticus 1:2, “Speak to the

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A Discussion with Author Dr. Richard Kalmin, Theodore R. Racoosin Chair of Rabbinic Literature, JTS

Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, served as moderator.

Library book talks are available as a podcast from iTunes or by opening the feed with your podcast catcher.

By JTS | The Jewish Theological Seminary

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A Project of The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hartford Seminary, and The Islamic Society of North America
Editors: Kim Zeitman and Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi

Sharing the Well: A Resource Guide for Jewish Muslim Engagement is designed to assist and enhance Jewish-Muslim interactions at the community level.

By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz | Director of Israel Programs, The Rabbinical School, JTS

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Parashat Behar opens with the commandment to observe the sabbatical cycle (for six years, one may plant crops and work the land and then, in the seventh year, the land must rest—what is known in halakhic terms as shenat shemitah, “the year of release”); shemitah or “release” is observed today in the Land of Israel.

By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz | Director of Israel Programs, The Rabbinical School, JTS

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With the opening of the book of Leviticus and its keen focus on sacrifices this coming Shabbat, many laypeople and clergy alike begin an exegetical struggle for connection and relevance. Chancellor Arnold Eisen describes the annual crisis well, commenting that

Leviticus is not terribly popular among American Jews . . . Take on the task of assigning members of a prayer or study group to lead discussions on upcoming portions of Torah, and you will have no difficulty finding volunteers for most sections of Genesis or Exodus.

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February 18, 2014--The Annual John Paul II Center Lecture at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), this panel focuses on how Jews and Muslims can learn from one another how to best form uniquely American religious identities that will serve them into adulthood and communal responsibility. Panelists include Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, Rabbi Gail Swedroe of the University of Florida Hillel, and Professor Mehnaz Afridi of Manhattan College. Huffington Post Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush moderates.

 

This event was sponsored by the JTS Milstein Center for

By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz | Director of Israel Programs, The Rabbinical School, JTS

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After legislating the multiplicity of laws in what has become known as Sefer Ha-Brit, the “Book of the Covenant,” Parashat Mishpatim concludes on a pessimistic note—a warning to the Israelites. Once they enter the Land of Israel, they are not to tolerate the practices of idolatrous nations. Exodus 23:24 declares, “you will not bow down to their gods in worship or follow their practice, but will tear them down and smash their pillars to bits.” More than that, the Israelites are told to be on guard. God will not displace the native nations suddenly, but over an extended period of time.

By Dr. Ismar Schorsch | Chancellor Emeritus of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Professor of Jewish History

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The controversies of one era are not necessarily those of another. When a leader of the Southern Baptists can declare on the Larry King Show that the soul of a Jew is still destined to burn in hell, we are jarringly thrown back to the bigotry of an earlier era bloodied by religious persecution. Progress can be measured by the once bitterly contested issues that no longer get a rise out of us. This is the reason I continue to enjoy looking at the Hertz Humash. Produced in England under the leadership of Chief Rabbi Joseph H.

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