Lisa Kempler In his December 2011 Sh’ma essay, “Sharing a Divergent Path,” Bruce Weinstock, my husband, accurately and respectfully depicts my perspective regarding leaving lights on during Shabbat. In fact, my discomfort extends to other standard practices in observant homes, such as leaving on the oven, the air conditioner, or the heat. When Shabbat is
Each month the journal Sh’ma posts a couple of essays from the print publication. To read all of the essays—which create a “conversation-in-print” —click on “Subscription” above or sign up for our DIGITAL EDITION. This month, Sh’ma focuses on health, illness, suffering, healing, and hope. We explore the power of prayer — in particular, the
Susan, I just looked through the latest issue of Sh’ma, all about Jewish identity. I am amazed that you have 20 pages on the subject, but not a single article, or even paragraph, on the Jewish identity of the majority of our people who self-declare as secular. There is so much now being written in
I find Bob Goldfarb’s response to the April Sh’ma — “What does it mean to be a loyal Jew?” — astonishing, especially in its contention that at the heart of the issue are “generic urgings to promote debate” for its own sake. The people he knows “aren’t preoccupied with dissent” but rather “exemplify loyalty to their
The opening sentence of my essay in the February Sh’ma, which states that it is 80% more likely that Bay Area Jews will create a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ritual themselves than celebrate it at a synagogue, is NOT factually accurate. I was quoting the well-known 2004 population study which claims that 80% of Jews
Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility celebrates its move to the west coast with a conversation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on the boundaries of pluralistic dialogue and engagement.
Thursday February 25th 6:00 pm
Dear editor: I strongly disagree with David N. Myers’ view of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. Its report is simply another example of the U.N.’s anti- Israel bias. Several members of Goldstone’s “impartial” panel issued denunciations of Israel before investigations had begun; the commission willingly accepted testimony from Palestinian “eyewitnesses.” (Such testimony