The Reform Jewish Quarterly Spring 2023

CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly

Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

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Spring 2023

From the Editor


  • Genesis 2 and B’nei Mitzvah at Eighty-Three – Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, PhD, and Rabbi Stanley M. Davids
  • Jacob Neusner on Academic and Religious Authority, and Reform Judaism – Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel
  • Further Thoughts on a Broken Oven: A Return to Bava M’tzia 59b – Rabbi Paul Golomb
  • Love, Conversion, and Marriage: The Missing Story of Joseph’s Wife, Aseneth – Anthony Sheppard
  • It’s Time to Include Equity Riders in Rabbinic Employment Contracts – Jamie Eisner, Esq., Rabbi Paul Kipnes, Michael Gan, Esq., Rabbi David Spinrad, and Rabbi Susan N. Shankman

Book Reviews

  • Writing Plague: Jewish Responses to the Great Italian Plague – Susan Einbinder – Reviewed by Rabbi Nicole Roberts
  • The Founding Father (Chaim Weizmann, Biography 1922-1952) – Motti Golani and Jehuda Reinhartz – Reviewed by Rabbi Dr. Israel Bobrov Zoberman
  • Dirshuni: Contemporary Women’s Midrash – Edited by Tamar Biala – Reviewed by Rabbi Sari Laufer
  • Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge – Richard Ovenden – Reviewed by Rabbi Adam Rosenthal
  • Kabbalah and the Founding of America: The Early Influence of Jewish Thought in the New World – Brian Ogren – Reviewed by Rabbi Bailey Romano
  • Longing: Poems of a Life – Merle Feld – Reviewed by Jack Riemer
  • The Messiah Confrontation: Pharisees Versus Sadducees and the Death of Jesus – Israel Knohl – Reviewed by Rabbi Joshua Garroway, PhD

Short Fiction

  • A Brief History of the Alef – Howard Schwartz


  • The Organ Recital – Rabbi Dr. Stephen S. Pearce
  • Found in Psalm 23 – Jacqueline Jules
  • The Average Israelite – Jacqueline Jules
  • Vidui: Preface to an Unwritten Book – John H. Planer
  • Moses in Midian – Stephen Bertman, PhD
  • Walking the Labyrinth – Rabbi Pamela Wax
  • All the Torah – Rabbi Pamela Wax
  • Creation Questions 5783 – Mike Abram
  • Saturday Morning Service – Robert Manaster
  • The Blueness of Chagall’s Stained-Glass Windows – Robert Nash
  • Chagall’s “Solitude,” 1933/34. – Robert Nash
  • Noah – Bruce Zuckerman
  • Jacob was Left Alone – Rabbi Dan Ornstein

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