CCAR JOURNAL: THE REFORM JEWISH QUARTERLY

Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Excerpts from the Fall 2012 Issue


CONTENTS

Symposium Issue on Gender and Judaism in Conversation


FROM THE EDITOR

At the Gates


ARTICLES

Introduction to this Issue from the Guest Editor

Elyse Goldstein

 

SECTION ONE: FEMINISM STARTS THE CONVERSATION

Emerging Rabbis: It’s Too Soon to Proclaim “Mission Accomplished”

Jodie Gordon

Shechinah: The Divine Feminine 

Geela Rayzel Raphael

Bat Mitzvah’s Delayed Coming-of-Age in Reform Judaism

Carole B. Balin

 

SECTION TWO: THE CONVERSATION WITH TEXT AND RITUAL

Learning Talmud Together: Reclaiming the Text through Feminish Chevruta

Audrey Pollack and Marcia Beck

Deconstructing Feminist Midrash: The Next Step in the Revolution of Revelation

Laurie Green

B’rit Milah: A Feminist Dialogue

Elyse Goldstein

Response to Rabbi Elyse Goldstein on B’rit Milah 

Leah R. Berkowitz

The Hospital Poems of Zelda: A Spirituality for Ailing and Aging 

Rachel Adler

 

SECTION THREE: THE CONVERSATION INCLUDES MEN

Brotherhood, In Memoriam? 1923–? 

Doug Barden

Gender and the Soul of Men 

Shawn Israel Zevit

Making the Minyan 

Peter B. Schaktman

 

SECTION FOUR: BROADENING THE CONVERSATION BEYOND BINARY

Male and Female, God Created Them? The Intersex, Transgender, and Transsexual in Jewish Tradition and in Our Lives

Margaret Moers Wenig

In God’s Image (B’tzelem Elohim)

Kate Levy

Rainbow Children Grown Up: Conversations on Jewish/Queer Identity and Communal Culture 

Jane Rachel Litman

Two Women Marrying in the Tradition of Moses and Israel 

Jaimee Shalhevet and Helayne Shalhevet

 

SECTION FIVE: THE CONVERSATION IN ISRAEL

On Gender Segregation in Israel 

Anat Hoffman

Women Rabbis in Israel

Dalia Marx

 

RESPONSES TO PRIOR ARTICLES AND ISSUES 

Reeve Brenner

Israel Zoberman

Allen Mahler

Scott Saulson

 

POETRY

Not An Amaryllis 

James B. Rosenberg

Sense of Humor

Mindy Kronenberg

The King and Queen of Newbridge

Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan

Six to Six

Gayl Teller

 

BOOK REVEWS

The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival

Hirsh Goodman

Reviewed by Ron Kronish

For the Sake of Zion: Reform Zionism—A Personal Mission 

Richard G. Hirsch

Reviewed by Henry (Hank) Skirball

All Is One? Current Theories—A Review Essay 

Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition

Arthur Green

Everything Is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism

Jay Michaelson

Jewish Theology in Our Time

Edited by Elliot J. Cosgrove

Reviewed by Eric Caplan

Two Views of American Judaism—A Review Essay

Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal

Dana Evan Kaplan

Orthodox by Design: Judaism, Print Politics and the ArtScroll Revolution

Jeremy Stolow

Reviewed by Jeffrey I. Roth