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

Synagogue Life in COVID-19: Care, Conflict, and Teshuvah

A family friend of ours died this summer, from COVID-19 complications. I was the officiating rabbi at his burial. No ...

Are All Religions the Same?

I’ve always thought that Judaism best expresses the essence of all religions.Spoiler alert: I may have been wrong. But, hear ...

Sustainability: The New True Meaning of Hanukah

The history of Hanukah may be fixed for all time. But the meaning we find in Hanukah? That changes, year ...

Reconciliation takes many forms.

It hurts to be seen so negatively by others. To be a target of angry and bitter words.

Are You Living in Sodom? #MeToo

The biblical city had a culture of rape — and it wasn't the victims' faults.

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.