Commentary

Commentary

Challenges of the American Rabbinate from the First Rabbi in the Americas: In Honor...

Oran Zweiter Rabbi Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, the first ordained rabbi to travel to the Americas, arrived in Recife, Brazil in 1642. The writings of...

Homeland Insecurity

Jeffrey Green assesses Daniel Boyarin's "Traveling Homeland," Jewish texts and Diaspora in modern terms.

Revisiting Mendelssohn’s Living Script

Tzvi Sinensky responds to Lawrence Kaplan and continues the discussion on Mendelssohn and Jewish law.
talmud

Christians, the Talmud, and American Politics

Ari Lamm explores a recent instance of talmudic censorship, as well as its implications for thinking about Jewish-Christian relations and American society at large.
Sinensky

Supporting Women’s Avodat Hashem Across the Lifespan: Reflections and Recommendations

Tova Warburg Sinensky offers a model for Modern Orthodox communities to help each of its members increase their Avodat Hashem.
women's learning

The Messages We Are Sending

Tamar Snyder Chaitovsky calls on synagogues to create an infrastructure for women's learning and spirituality.

A Spirited Quest

Giti Bendheim reflects on her journey within the world of Orthodox women's learning and philanthropy.
Orthodox Survey

Everything You Wanted to Know About Surveying the Orthodox Community—And Why the Recent Research...

In response to Matt William's critique, Nishma's Mark Trencher defends his method and points to the challenges of surveying Modern Orthodox Jews.
Orthodox Survey

Drawing The right Conclusions: A Defense of a Recent Orthodox Survey

Zvi Grumet responds to Matt Williams, defending his data and the social media tools used to obtain it.

Do We Really Know What We Think We Know? The Current State of Social...

Matthew Williams breaks down the trustworthiness of two recent much-discussed surveys of American Orthodox Jews.

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