In addition to the readings assigned for class, the following articles offer a deep and personal reflection on each subject from some of the leading rabbis and teachers of our times.
Beginnings: From Creation to the Edge of the Wilderness
Rabbi Ed Feinstein, “ Would you Recommend this Book to Your Friends?”
The World of the Bible
Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic,The Prophets and Social Justice
Heart of Many Rooms: Understanding Jewish Diversity
Rabbi Elliot Dorff,"Living the Mitzvot:Today and Tomorrow"
Holy Days: The Wheel of the Jewish Year
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, “Introducing the Hebrew Calendar”
Shabbat: Palace in Time
Rabbi Sharon Brous & Rabbi Aaron Alexander, “Shabbat and the Possibility of Transformation”
When Do I Bow? And Other Questions About Jewish Prayer
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, “God and Us”
Passover: The Jewish Master Story
Rabbi Deborah Silver, "Passover"
God: Encountering the Holy
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, “ Almighty? No Way! Coming to Know the God We Already Love ”
Talmud: Argument for the Sake of Heaven
Rabbi Benay Lappe, "Crash!"
Starting Over: The High Holy Days
Rabbi Michael Werbow, “Rosh HaShanah”
Rabbi Cheryl Peretz, “Yom Kippur”
Kashrut: The Original Soul Food
Rabbi Morris Allen, “How Kosher Is Kosher?”
Philosophers, Poets, and Mystics: The Jewish Middle Ages
Rabbi Joel Rembaum, “Medieval History”
Rabbi Pinchas Giller, "God in Kabbalah"
Reb Mimi Feigelson, "God in Hassidut"
Marriage, Love & Kosher Sex
Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, “Love, Marriage, Commitment”
From Birth to B’nai Mitzvah: Raising a Mensch
Rabbi Ed Feinstein, “Childhood and Adolescence”
A Time to Mourn: Traditions for Death, Grief, & Healing
Rabbi Sara Berman, “Illness and Healing”
Out of the Darkness: Stories from the Holocaust
Rabbi Michael Barenbaum, “Yom HaShoah”
Israel: Dreaming of Deliverance
Rabbi Gila Dror, “Israel’s National Holidays”
The Jewish Mission to Heal the World
Ruth Messinger and Aaron Dorfman, “Am I My Sibling’s Keeper If They Live Halfway Around the World?”