Yiddish-speaking Jews put faith in the language of their new country and left an indelible mark on American letters.
Gender & Sexuality
Traditional sources on homosexuality.
Judaism approves of sex and sexual pleasure, valuing it as a means toward procreation and companionship.
A selection of statements from rabbis of various denominations.
The message to the one who is circumcised: The covenant involves pain and sacrifice as well as honor and sanctity. And it is part of who you are, branded into your flesh at birth.
From biblical to contemporary times, how Jews have practiced this ceremony of redemption of the first-born.
Jews & Non-Jews
Interfaith relationships between Jews and non-Jews is a hard-hitting issue that affects the entire Jewish world.
Abortions are sometimes permitted when the pregnant woman is at risk.
Using genetic technology for therapeutic purposes is acceptable, but many related issues have yet to be addressed.
Ashkenazi food moves east.
What are the Jewish legal issues with organ transplantation?
Beliefs & Practices
According to Jewish law, human life begins at birth, not conception.