Marshal Klaven. “I am a rabbi…proud to affirm my love of Judaism on my skin.” Part of Cover Story: Jews & Tattoos, Summer 2014.
interview with Nili S. Fox. An HUC-JIR professor of Bible offers insight into body marking in ancient societies. She discusses how only one law, in the Book of Leviticus, prohibits a tattoo type of body marking; in all other biblical references, tattooing is presented in a positive light. Part of Cover Story: Jews & Tattoos, Summer 2014.
Rifat Sonsino. The author explains why an apple is not likely, describes other possible choices, and makes the argument for what he believes is the most plausible fruit eaten by Adam and Eve. Part of Focus: Greatest Jewish Myths, Part II. Winter 2013.
Patricia Ratner McWeeney. Taking off on the tale of Jonah and the whale which we read on the High Holy Days, the author reflects as an adult about the mistake she made after her Sweet Sixteen party that changed her life. Fall 2013.
Stephen S. Pearce. Why did Abraham nearly sacrifice his son Isaac? Of these 10 possible explanations of the Akedah (which we read on Rosh Hashanah), which speaks to you and why? Fall 2013.
Daniel Reisel. The biblical story of Moses breaking the tablets “teaches us that even God agrees that to seek truth means to question authority. Quite literally, it means to break the rules.” Spring 2013.
Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein. Jews did not choose professions in finance because of restrictions, but because of proficiency. Part of Focus: Greatest Jewish Myths. Spring 2013.
Kevin Thurm. Ten multiple choice questions about synagogues past and present (answers follow) in this first of a series of educational quizzes on different topics. Fall 2012.
Alan Morinis. What can each of us do to foster nefesh—soul love? Spring 2012.
Naftali Rothenberg. Rabbi Akiva’s wisdom about the ideal of human love. Spring 2012
A symposium. Twelve Jewish day school students - Jonathan Bleiberg, Sterling Dixon, Alex Garnick, Bari Gold, Rebecca Greenberg, Benjamin Lee, Max Lewis, Madeline Press, Samantha Shinder, Mariel Tivoli, Jacob Tommey, and Jack Zucker - share their personal perspectives on heroism, human flaws, God, social justice, technology, and more - largely informed by the Reform Jewish day school experience. Spring 2011.
Mark Glickman. A rabbi's quest to follow the trail of the largest trove of ancient and medieval Jewish manuscripts every discovered. Winter 2010.
Jane E. Herman. How Reform congregations are providing Jewish enrichment to children with special needs; includes time-tested ways to offer them creative and fulfilling b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. Winter 2009.
Interview with Rabbi Jan Katzew. To stem the high dropout rate post b'nai mitzvah, learn from the 7-10% of Reform religious schools that retain 80%+ of students through 12th grade, all of which have key factors in common. Winter 2009.
An introduction to the range of Reform Jewish thinking on reinterpreting Torah. Summer 2008.
Interview with Tamara Cohn Eskenazi. The making of the Women of Reform Judaism's landmark women's Torah commentary. Fall 2007.
Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev. The creation of a congregational beit midrash, a learning community whose members seek to grow through serious study of Jewish texts. Spring 2007.
Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev. Pointers for congregations seeking to start their own serious learning communities. Spring 2007.
Ruth Dickstein. Members of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona are challenged to beyond their Jewish comfort level and become teachers of Torah-a process contributing to the temple's growth from 350 to 725 families in three years. Spring 2003.
Kimberly Lifton. A personalized wimple (ceremonial Torah wrap) not only makes an excellent baby gift but enables Rabbi Lenore Bohm's family to beautify an act of Jewish sanctification. Winter 1995