Rachael Gelfman

Women in Israeli Politics

The myth of equality and the reality of underrepresentation.

Judaism and Sociology

Jews today can look to sociology of religion in addressing some of the hard questions facing the Jewish world.

The Methodology of Brisk

Rabbi Hayim of Brisk revolutionized Talmud study--and his method remains dominant today.

Religious & Zionist

Religious Zionists believe that the Jewish return to Israel hastens the Messiah.

Jewish Attitudes Toward Eastern Religions

Most traditional authorities dismissed Hinduism as idolatry, but in recent years, some Jews have become more tolerant of certain Eastern religions and practices.

Havruta: Learning in Pairs

A modern emphasis on peer-guided text study--an approach with ancient roots--reflects new social realities in the world of traditional Jewish learning.

Sarah in the Bible

How historical evidence shapes our understanding of this biblical matriarch