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Bernard Malamud

A writer who used the Jew as a metaphor for humankind.

Grace Paley, 1922-2007

Jewish socialism influenced Grace Paley's life and literature.

Saul Bellow

The most successful Jewish American writer may be the most ambivalent as well.

Anzia Yezierska

In America, a female sweatshop worker from a Polish shtetl could become a renowned writer and Hollywood commodity.

Cynthia Ozick

Ozick's version of Jewish literature is more than Yiddish words and slapstick.

Jewish Views on Organ Donation

Jewish views on organ donation are overridden by a single halakhic (legal) concept: pikuach nefesh—the Jewish obligation to save lives.

Recognizing God’s Presence

When we welcome baby girls into the covenant we allow them to remind us of God's presence in the world.

Ultra-Orthodoxy and Organ Donation

After learning the results of an experiment involving a decapitated sheep, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach decided to permit organ donations.

Jewish Genes and Anti-Semitism

Some worry that the discovery of "Jewish" genetic diseases will negatively affect the image and treatment of Jews.

Jewish Views on Partial Birth Abortion

Most (but not all) rabbinic authorities consider "partial birth abortion" on the same terms as other abortions.

The Soul of a Fetus

In Judaism, the question of when "ensoulment" takes place is both unanswerable and irrelevant to the issue of abortion.

Early Israeli Literature

Nationalistic poetry was a powerful, early Israeli genre.