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Absorbing the Exiles

Israel worked to absorb massive numbers of Jewish immigrants during the 1950s.

Jewish American Literature: 1970-2000

For this crop of American writers, being Jewish is as natural as breathing, sleeping, and sex.

Early Israeli Literature

Nationalistic poetry was a powerful, early Israeli genre.

Israeli Writing: The Next 50 Years

The future of Israeli literature is as uncertain as Israel's ever-fluctuating demography.

Israeli Literature

A survey of Israeli literature, from Ottoman-era Palestine to today.

Choosing Hebrew

Jewish writers chose Hebrew, not German or Russian or even Yiddish, as the language with which to build a modern literary tradition.

Reaching Out To The Isolated

Just as the priest went out from the community to welcome back those afflicted with leprosy, we too should reach out to those who feel excluded.

Is It Blasphemous To Heal People?

Even if we view leprosy as a punishment, we must work to heal the afflicted, allowing our sense of compassion to override justice or logic.

Parashat Tazria: Summary

God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth; God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy.

Clean Up Your Act

Living together as a community means learning to communicate effectively and respectfully.

Parashat Shmini: Summary

After the dedication of the Tabernacle and the ordination of the priests, two of Aaron's sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moses and Aaron regarding which animals may be eaten.

Judaism in the Public Square

It's time to chip away at the wall of separation.