The Reform Jewish Quarterly Summer 2020


Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Summer 2020




  • Introduction – Kari Tuling
  • The Sacred Journey of Gerut: Conversion as a Ritual Process – Ruth Adar
  • Conversion in Tanach, Talmud, and Codes: Inventing Our Process – Marci N. Bellows
  • Making Souls – Edward Elkin
  • Fifty Years of Remeeting Sinai Partners – Stephen J. Einstein
  • Reform Rabbis Should Follow Hillel, Not Shammai – Allen S. Maller
  • Tomorrow: A Conversion Prayer – Israel Zoberman
  • Becoming a Jew—The Long Journey Home – Vickie CarrollKeeping the Gates: A Reflection on Being a Convert and a Rabbi -Nikki Lyn DeBlosi
  • Converting to What? A Jewish Afrolatina Story – Ellen Lippmann and Imani Chapman
  • “We Endorse the Attitude of ‘Joy and Encouragement’”: Challenges to Conversion Policy in Jamaica in the Early Twenty-First Century -Dana Evan Kaplan
  • T’vilah – Gaylia R. Rooks

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  • “Am I a Man or a Jerk?” Reflections on the Art and Life of Saul Bellow -Samuel E. Karff
  • The Man in the Gray Flannel Loincloth: Joseph, the First Modern? – Leigh Lerner
  • The Rabbinic Spouse in Contemporary American Fiction: The Rabbi’s Wife Plays at Murder and Other Tales Told Out of Shul – David J. Zucker
  • “Guzzlers and Gluttons Will Be Impoverished”: The Rhetoric of Wealth, Poverty, and Their Causes in the Book of Proverbs – Neal Gold
  • Yom Kippur as Sacred Drama – Mark H. Levin
  • Contemplating Sleep at 85 – David L. Kline


  • Inscribed: Encounters with the Ten Commandments – Collected and Edited by Oren Hayon, Reviewed by Bill Cutter
  • Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates – Edited by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper and Mira Sucharov, Reviewed by David Ellenson
  • Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World – Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, Reviewed by Andrea Steinberger
  • Dissident Rabbi: The Life of Jacob Sasportas – Yaacob Dweck, Reviewed by Laurence Edwards
  • Haminhara (The Tunnel) – Abraham B. Yehoshua, Reviewed by Israel Zoberman
  • Tiemaon (Astonishment) – Aharon Appelfeld, Reviewed by Israel Zoberman


  • oh Franky—if only you could be here to see this – Lonnie Monka
  • Sodom and Gomorrah, the Night Before – Deborah Bacharach
  • sodom and gomorrah, the day after – Deborah Bacharach
  • On Display – Enid Shomer
  • The Wedding – Enid Shomer
  • Chuppah – Miriam Flock
  • Psalm 6:6: Times When the Kitel Is Worn – Daniel Polish
  • A Wartime Baker – Roger Nash
  • For a Man Whose Lifetime Was Spring – Roger Nash
  • Bookmarks – Roger Nash
  • The Gravity of a Table – Baruch November


  • A Meditation on Psalm 27 – A. Brian Stoller

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