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Culture & Jewish Life
Under the Joy, Dark Notes
Avivah Zornberg's latest give us a layered reading of Exodus
By Sarah Blustain

Southern Jews, Rediscovered
New histories of Southern Jews close a troubling identity gap.
by Lauren F. Winner

A Novel Kabbalist
A talk with Mitchell Chefitz, author of a novel about kabbalists and kabbalistic themes.
by Rodger Kamenetz

African American and Orthodox Jewish
Black converts to Orthodox Judaism discuss what drew them to their new faith and the challenges they face from both communities.
by Debra Goldberg

Take a Chant on Me
Or, how siddha-yoga chanting enhances my Jewishness.

By Jill Maxi Schreibman

Communal Culpability
Accusations of abuse against a youth leader raise disturbing questions about why--and how--a community could look the other way.

by Blu Greenberg

Raising Mensches
Two new books will help parents teach their kids about Shabbat, honoring their parents, and other matters Jewish.

by Vanessa Ochs

Spiritual Sundance
At the film festival, a documentary about Hasidic homosexuals is just one entry.

by Richard Baimbridge

Wonder of Wonders
I didn't know even know my Aleph Bet, but by the end an eight-hour Hebrew language marathon, I was able to read.

by Alan Gelb

Beyond Netiquette: A Torah of Listening
Applying age-old wisdom to the most modern form of communication can help us overcome the deficiencies in e-mail 'conversation.'

By Rodger Kamenetz

Jewish Soul in a Jazz Setting
Steven Bernstein puts the sex appeal back in traditional Jewish music by adding an Afro-Cuban mood
by Jill Maxi Schreibman

The Last Bat Mitzvah
Amid the rain and cold, a father finds the light and meaning of his daughter's bat mitzvah.

by Rodger Kamenetz

Banishing the Bible from Campus
Colleges are treating evangelical and Orthodox Jewish students like outcasts and bigots for their views on gays and sex

by Elliott Abrams

Can Shul Be Cool?
The synagogue, once dismissed as irrelevant, attempts a comeback for everyone from the fervently pious to the atheist humanist

by Howard Lovy

Fearless Leader, Passionate Teacher
Alexander Schindler knew how to disagree without being disagreeable, says a friend and critic of the late rabbi.
by Arthur Hertzberg

Orthodox, Feminist, and Proud of It
Judaism's Orthodox feminist movement has succeeded in opening doors for women committed both to Jewish law and gender equality

by Blu Greenberg