The Reform Jewish Quarterly Spring 2020


Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Spring 2020




  • What Do We Mean When We Say, “We Are Not Halachic”? – Leon A. Morris
  • Halachah in Reform Theology from Leo Baeck to Eugene B. Borowitz: Authority, Autonomy, and Covenantal Commandments – Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
  • The CCAR Responsa Committee: A History – Joan S. Friedman
  • Reform Halachah and the Claim of Authority: From Theory to Practice and Back Again – Mark Washofsky
  • Is a Reform Shulchan Aruch Possible? – Alona Lisitsa
  • An Evolving Israeli Reform Judaism: The Roles of Halachah and Civil Religion as Seen in the Writings of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism – David Ellenson and Micahel Rosen
  • Aggadic Judaism – Edwin Goldberg
  • Talmudic Aggadah: Illustrations, Warnings, and Counterarguments to Halachah – Amy Scheinerman
  • Halachah for Hedgehogs: Legal Interpretivism and Reform Philosophy of Halachah – Benjamin C. M. Gurin
  • The Halachic Canon as Literature: Reading for Jewish Ideas and Values – Alyssa M. Gray


  • Communal Halachic Decision-Making – Erica Asch
  • Growing More Than Vegetables: A Case Study in the Use of CCAR Responsa in Planting the Tri-Faith Community Garden – Deana Sussman Berezin
  • Yoga as a Jewish Worship Practice: Chukat Hagoyim or Spiritual Innovation? – Liz P. G. Hirsch and Yael Rapport
  • Nursing in Shul: A Halachically Informed Perspective – Michal Loving
  • Can We Say Mourner’s Kaddish in Cases of Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Nefel? – Jeremy R. Weisblatt
  • When Halachah Seems Silent: A Male Survivor in the Mikveh – Paul Jacobson


  • The Story of Dinah: Rape and Rape Myth in Jewish Tradition. – Gavi S. Ruit, Reviewed by Rachel Bearman
  • A State at Any Cost (The Life of David Ben-Gurion) – Tom Segev; translated by Haim Watzman, A State at All Costs (David Ben-Gurion’s Life), Reviewed by Israel Zoberman
  • Doing Business in America – Edited by Hasia R. Diner, Reviewed by Jeffrey Glickman
  • To Dwell in Your House: Vignettes and Spiritual Reflections on Caregiving at Home – Susan Freeman, Reviewed by Rochelle Robins
  • Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27: A Spiritual Practice for the Jewish New Year – Debra J. Robbins, Reviewed by Barry H. Block


  • Shalom Bayit – Roger Nash
  • Playing the Saw – Roger Nash
  • Sitting Shivah – Diana Rosen
  • Haiku for the Fashion Minded – Diana Rosen
  • To You – Sharon Dolin
  • A dream that has not been interpreted is like a letter that has not been read – Sharon Dolin
  • Ruth 1:17 – Julie R. Enszer
  • Cake – Julie R. Enszer
  • Not the End of the World – Paul Hostovsky
  • Yahrzeit – Paul Hostovsky
  • After Psalm 23 – Charles Bernstein
  • A Mourner’s Kaddish – Charles Bernstein
  • Stars Bolt the Sky in Place – Patty Seyburn
  • No, I’m the Boy’s Mother – Patty Seyburn
  • Haiku/Senryu – Bruce J. Pfeffer

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