Articles By Jeffrey Spitzer

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    Jeffrey Spitzer is Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at Gann Academy, The New Jewish High School, Waltham, Mass., and a member of the Institute's Tichon Fellows Program.


    • MJL Author Article 30

      The Rabbinic Conversion Ceremony

      The different layers of the rabbinic discussion of conversion reveal the beginnings of a transformation from a citizenship ritual to a theological initiation rite.

    • MJL Author Article 31

      Every Person is a Tree

      The Biblical law protecting fruit trees during war provides an opportunity for Jewish exegetes to reflect on ecology and the wanton destruction of life.

    • MJL Author Article 32

      The Way of the Gentiles

      The prohibition against non-Jewish practices, might relate to the practices of ancient Egypt, Canaan or the social and philosophical ways of non-Jews today.

    • MJL Author Article 33

      Different Perspectives on the Authorship of the Torah

      Literary, historical, and theological perspectives on whether the Torah is divine, human, or something in between

    • MJL Author Article 34

      "Whose Leaves Do Not Wither"

      In Jewish sources, the leaf is a metaphor for the fragility and durability of life.

    • MJL Author Article 35

      Kitniyot: Not Quite Hametz

      Although rice, millet, corn, and legumes are not among the five prohibited grains on Passover, Jews of European origin have traditionally avoided them during the holiday.

    • MJL Author Article 36

      Jewish Peace Offerings

      Deuteronomy's laws of warfare include the requirement that a nation seek a peaceful settlement before engaging in war.

    • MJL Author Article 37

      Who is the Messiah?

    • MJL Author Article 38

      Making It Better and Better

      Successive generations of Jews have created different ways of enhancing the observance of the Hanukkah lights.

    • MJL Author Article 39

      The Rabbis and the Common Folk

      The evolving relationship between the rabbinic sages and the Jews on the street.


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