Vanessa Ochs is the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia and associate professor of Religious Studies.
Articles by Vanessa Ochs
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai: God In Our Grief
Where is God when we are grieving after the bad things happen?
Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: Space to Grieve
This week’s Torah reading is a double portion composed of Achrei Mot (“After the Death” ) and Kedoshim (“Holiness”). The ...
Parashat Tzav: The Virtues of Thanksgiving
If you have had a loved one who died while in hospice care, you may have received the same little ...
What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish?
They are filled with ethnic and religious objects--and everyday objects imbued with special meaning.
Touring a Jewish Home
From ritual items to artwork to the contents of a refrigerator, Judaism is evident throughout a Jewish home.