George Robinson

George Robinson, author of <i>Essential Judaism</i>, is the recipient of a Simon Rockower Award for excellence in Jewish journalism from the American Jewish Press Association. His writing has appeared in <i>The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Jewish Week,</i> and <i>The Detroit Jewish News.</i>


Articles by George Robinson

Isaac Luria and Kabbalah in Safed

After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, the center of kabbalistic study moved to the town of Safed in northern Palestine.

Kabbalah in Spain

From the 13th through the 15th century, the Iberian Peninsula was the home of most major kabbalists.

Gershom Scholem & the Study of Mysticism

The academic study of Jewish mysticism was established by a single, ground-breaking scholar.

Mitzvot: Contemporary Understandings

For Jewish religious thinkers in our time, the question "why observe mitzvot?" has become a central and critical concern. Some answers echo earlier periods, some are new.

Shabbat Rest and Renewal

Two elements that are the essence of Shabbat.

Genesis Means Origins

The first book of the Torah tells of the origins of the world and of the children of Israel.

The Mishnah as a Response to Catastrophe

The Oral Torah reflects an attempt to create an eternal Judaism, unaffected by the setbacks that had afflicted the Jewish people in the preceding two centuries.