People or Religion

In honor of the debate I had with Ariel Beery this week about distinctions between Jewish Peoplehood and the Jewish Religion, I thought I’d poll you about your associations and affinities.

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What Is A Ba’al Teshuvah?

Once a name for sinners who repented, ba'al teshuvah now describes a Jew who returns to Orthodoxy — or becomes Orthodox for the first time.

Must a Jew Believe in God?

The centrality of God in Judaism may not be as straightforward as you think.

The Jewish Denominations

A quick look at Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist Judaism — and at other Jewish streams.