Laura Duhan Kaplan

Laura Duhan Kaplan is Director of Inter-religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, a faculty member at ALEPH Ordination Programs, Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue, and Professor Emerita of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Follow her blog at

Articles by Laura Duhan Kaplan

Is the Torah a Patriarchal Text?

My mind and heart raced. I had never noticed gender disparity in something as simple as household chores. What else had I missed?

We Went Down to the River to Pray

Under the spell of the woods, we gradually forgot all details of our everyday life. We talked only about what was before us. Leaf. Root. Creek. Rock.

Does the Ideal Mother Exist?

Our childhood experience is reflected in our adult talk about God.

Everyday Priestesses

Is Women's Spirituality Unique?

Theology in a Time of Anti-Semitism

Paying attention to dreams is an ancient Jewish spiritual practice. Our biblical ancestors Isaac and Jacob dreamed of God. Jacob’s ...

Real Religious Pluralism

Here on the west coast of Canada we live in a chain of port cities. People from all over the world ...

Women on the March

Saturday January 20, 2017: Today, I’m committed to reading the Torah’s story about the seven women who give life to ...

Is Interfaith Marriage Good for the Jews?

Interfaith marriage is in the Jewish news again — just like it was in 500 BCE, as Jews returned from ...

The Soul of the Golem is Truth

Last week, CNN ran a controversial banner: “Alt-Right Founder Questions if Jews are People.” On the one hand: Move on ...

Is Schadenfreude a Jewish Value?

My one-week vacation in the United States was a breath of fresh air. A whole week of conversations with family, ...