Reform Judaism magazine now produces a discussion guide for every edition!
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When Scott Got More Than Sue / Summer 2010
Drawing from the RJ interview with Dr. Dale Atkins and Rabbi Edythe Mencher on preserving sh'lom bayit (family harmony) before and after the reading of the will, this Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features thought-provoking questions to consider and discuss at home and in the synagogue.
The Freeway Purim Guide / Spring 2010
Drawing from Sonia Levitin’s article on the Jewish practice of celebrating Personal Purims to mark deliverance from danger, this Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features thought-provoking questions to consider and discuss at home and in the synagogue.
Are You a Buttinsky? Guide / Fall 2009 (New, shorter guide format begins)
Drawing from the cover story, “Are You a Buttinsky?,” a conversation with Dale Atkins and Rabbi Edythe Mencher on the dangers that meddling poses to family harmony, this Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features thought-provoking questions to consider and discuss at home and in the synagogue.
God Outside the Box Guide / Winter 2008 & Spring 2009
Drawing from three articles--“Morality: The Duty To Disobey: A Conversation with Rabbi Harold Schulweis” (Sp09), “God's Hidden Name Revealed” by Rabbi Mark Sameth (Sp09), and “What God Can Learn from Us: A Conversation with Rabbi Jack Bloom” (W08), this Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features Jewish teachings, discussion questions, Big Ideas, a bibliography, and more.
Mussar Guide / Fall 2008
Drawing from the Fall edition’s Focus articles on “Mussar: A Spiritual Practice to Elevate Character,” RJ author and Mussar Institute director Alan Morinis guides readers in contemplating and discussing Mussar in the home and/or synagogue; and in beginning practices designed to sharpen one’s own “personal spiritual curriculum.”
Reform Judaism: 30 Stories Guide / Summer 2008
RJ contents: The beginning of a personal, candid Movement-wide conversation among members of Reform congregations throughout North America on being a Reform Jew, belonging to a congregation and a Movement, celebrating the Jewish lifecycle, encountering God, choosing personal and synagogue practices, making a difference, reinterpreting Torah, ethical living, identifying with Israel, and facing the future. The Discussion Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features a contextual overview of each section, discussion questions for the home and synagogue, a bibliography, and more.
Cracking the Code Guide / Spring 2008
RJ contents: “Cracking the Code,” DNA detectives reveal secrets about the Jewish past and imagine the future. The Discussion Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features Jewish teachings, discussion questions, Big Ideas, a bibliography, and more.
Outreach: The Next Generation Guide / Winter 2007
RJ contents: Six articles--three by adult children of the Outreach Revolution and three companion pieces by one of their parents; plus seminal addresses by URJ Presidents which set the course for Reform Jewish Outreach. The Discussion Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features Jewish teachings, discussion questions, Big Ideas, a bibliography, and more.
Truth or Consequences Guide / Fall 2007
RJ contents: "Truth or Consequences," how as Jews we are commanded to give tokhehah (rebuke) to those who are doing something wrong or disturbing to us. The Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett features an overview; Jewish teachings; discussion questions on the requirements of love and how to rebuke those in authority including parents; a Bibliography; and more.
Conscience & Combat Guide / Summer 2007
RJ contents: "Combat & Conscience," testing Israel's military code of ethics in an age of terror; and "War & Peace: A Jewish Religious Perspective," five Jewish guidelines regarding the conditions under which we may wage war and what constitutes a just war. Guide by Dr. Alan D. Bennett provides background information, questions for discussion, a bibliography, and more.
Sounds of Kaddish Guide / Spring 2007
RJ contents: A musical journey with Cantor Andrew Bernard through Kaddish, from Leonard Bernstein's and Maurice Ravel's contemporary compositions to the melodies that have become essential to our worship experience; and 17 online musical track exclusives discussed by Cantor Bernard. Guide by Cantor Bernard features new musical ideas, questions for discussion, and more.
The Arabic Lesson Guide / Winter 2006
RJ contents: Rabbi Ruth Sohn’s diary entries during the six months her family lived in Cairo; and the articles in this edition’s Focus section, “Beyond War / Toward Peace.” Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett includes article summaries, questions for discussion, a bibliography, and more.
Christianity's Forgotten Jews Guide / Fall 2006
RJ contents: Article by Julie Galambush on how the heroes of the New Testament were believing Jews—a historical truth that has been lost in time. Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett (includes a comparison on The Last Supper painting and the RJ take-off).
God Guide / Summer 2006
RJ contents: Articles on realizing one's own understanding of God, developing a closer relationship to God, and guiding children to experience God in creative and personal ways by Rabbi Simeon Maslin, Barbara Shuman, Rabbi Richard Levy, and Rabbi Edythe Mencher. Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett.
Character Guide / Spring 2006
RJ contents: Articles on improving one’s character by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Rabbi Edythe Mencher, and Rabbi Jan Katzew; personal character reflections by Jesselyn Radack, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Rabbi David Ellenson, Rabbi Jack Stern, and Peter Pitzele (the latter as bibliodrama). Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett.
Healing the World Guide / Winter 2005
RJ contents: Interviews with American Jewish World Service executive director Ruth Messinger, RAC associate director Mark Pelavin, and author and activist Elie Wiesel; articles by Rabbi Janet Marder and Al Vorspan; and an interview on the Reform response to Hurricane Katrina with Rabbi Daniel Freelander. Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett.
End-of-Life Decisions Guide / Fall 2005
RJ contents: How Jewish tradition and personal experience can help guide us through the moral maze of end-of-life decision-making. Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett.
Iranian Jewry Guide / Summer 2005
RJ contents: Roya Hakakian’s story of growing up Jewish during the Iranian Revolution and Dr. Houman Sarshar’s exploration of the dark and light periods of Iranian Jewry from antiquity to the present. Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett.
The Baghdad-Jerusalem Connection Guide / Spring 2005
RJ contents: Former Shin Bet director Admiral Ami Ayalon, former Knesset deputy speaker Professor Naomi Chazan, author Dr. Michael Oren, military historian Yagil Henkin, and former US Middle East envoy Dennis Ross weigh in on the geopolitical challenges in a post Saddam and post Arafat era. Guide by Yonatan Glaser.
Iraqi Jewry Guide / Winter 2004
RJ contents: A behind-the-scenes analysis of how Iraq’s 2000-year-old Jewish community was decimated in one decade; and a personal interview offering a rare plimpse into the rich Iraqi Jewish life of the early 1900s. Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett.
Navigating Antisemitic Encounters Guide / Fall 2004
RJ contents: 3 stories of antisemitic encounters (a woman tongue-tied at a party, a rising exec contending with instructions not to hire a Jew, a high school student proud of her Jewishness), how college students can respond to anti-Israel sentiment on campus, and explorations of antisemitism & identity. Guide by Dr. Alan Bennett.
Israel's Fence: Fortification or Folly? Guide / Summer 2004
RJ contents: 6 perspectives on Israel’s security fence, mostly from Israelis, and a military historian’s analysis of the effectiveness of military barriers throughout history. Guide by Yonatan Glaser.
Jewish Diversity Guide / Spring 2004
RJ contents: 5 personal stories--a Latino Jew, a Chinese Jewish activist, the first African American to become a Reform temple president, an African American woman studying for the rabbinate at HUC-JIR, and a Korean rabbi/cantor--as well as a profile of stereotype-shattering photographer Frederic Brenner. Guide by the William and Lottie Daniel Department of Outreach and Synagogue Community.