jewish life

Jews Around the World, 1980 to 2000

Moving toward a new millenium.

Raising a Mensch

A mother's reflections and suggestions.

Teaching Your Children about Derech Eretz

How to raise a family of mensches.

Derech Eretz

This phrase, which literally means "the way of the world," refers to acts of decency that are commendable if not formally mandated.

Moving Jewish

How to make a home for yourself in a new Jewish community

Halakhah: Sources and Development

From biblical law, through classic rabbinic debate and medieval law codes, and continuing in the modern period, Jewish law has undergone constant development.

Halacha: The Laws of Jewish Life

Halacha is the "way" a Jew is directed to behave, encompassing civil, criminal and religious law.

Contemporary Jews and Halakhah

Jews of different stripes differ greatly with respect to their assessment of the role Jewish law should play today—and each camp has much to learn from the others.

Halakhah in Conservative Judaism

"Tradition and change" is the Conservative movement's motto, balancing adherence to Jewish law with a willingness to introduce major innovations.

Reconstructionist Judaism & Halacha

Reconstructionists see Jewish law as no longer viable, but still a resource to be taken seriously.