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Excerpts from the Fall 2013 Issue

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Fall 2013

Preparing for the New Machzor and the High Holidays



Section One: Progressive Judaism Around the World: Paradigms of Peoplehood

  • “Like Oil and Water”: Progressive Judaism and the Nations of the World, Lawrence A. Englander, Guest Editor
  • A Perspective from Europe, Walter Rothschild
  • Goulash Judaism: The Case of Hungary, Ferenc Raj
  • Beit Warszawa, Jewish Music, and Shabbes, Haim Beliak
  • Czecho-Slovak Jewry, Andrew Goldstein
  • Growth of Dutch Progressive Judaism: A Chutzpah, Menno ten Brink
  • Reform Judaims in Switzerland, Reuven Bar-Ephraim
  • A Sephardi in Sepharad, Rifat Sonsino
  • "All in the Family": What Binds Together and Separates Reform Jews Worldwide, Joel D. Oseran
  • Reform Judaism in the South Pacific, John Levi
  • Progressive Judaism in Britain: A Personal View, Julia Neuberger
  • "We Were Only a Handful, and We Had a Dream of Rejuvenating Religion in the State of Israel," Ada Zavidov, Translation by Evan Cohen
  • "First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin," Meir Azari, Translation by Baruch Geffen and Adam Azari


  • The Tent Peg Business, Revisited, Lawrence Kushner and Noa Kushner
  • Synagogue Work Will Drive You Crazy, Schizophernogenic Inevitabilities in Congregational Practice, David A. Whiman
  • Yom HaAtzma-ut as a Religious Holiday: A Note Regarding the CCAR and the American Jewish Year Book, Joel B. Wolowelsky
  • Understanding the Two Creation Narratives in Genesis: Just How Many Beginnings Were There?, Daniel M. Berry
  • The Garden of Eden: Peeling Back the Layers to Reveal the Simplicity of the Story, Michael D. Oblath
  • The Binding of Isaac (A Different Version), Mordecai Roshwald
  • Throwaway Women: Ruth as Response, David J. Zucker


  • The Laws of M'sirah in Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, Chapter 388: Introduction, Translation, and Afterword, Stephen M. Passamaneck


By Avi Magid


  • Rabbi Stripped Naked, Daniel Meltz
  • Minchah, Steven Sher
  • Refer to Maker, Elias Lieberman
  • Death, Be My Teacher, Ben Kamin
  • Kaddish at Tiananmen Square, Israel Zoberman
  • Shavuot Song, Kendrah Raye Whyte
  • Jerusalem Word Play, Reeve Robert Brenner


  • A Congregation, A Rabbi, and A Religious Movement - A Review Essay, Elliot B. Gertel
    • Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago, Tobias Brinkman
    • Max Lilienthal: The Making of an American Rabbinate, Bruce L. Ruben
    • The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter's Disciples and the Creation of an American Relgious Movement, Michael R. Cohen
  • The JPS Bible Commentary - Ruth, Commentary by Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Tikva Frymer-Kensky, Reviewed by David J. Zucker

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