Category Archives: Writing the Jewish Conversation

Siyyum : Studying for Sustenance

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December 1, 2008

Jane Kanarek
The celebration marking the conclusion of studying a talmudic tractate has come to be known as a “siyyum,” a completion. Because this celebrates such deep engagement with our ongoing interpretive tradition, should we widen our conception of which books are appropriate to celebrate through a festive meal? More »

Translator, Commentator, Writer

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December 1, 2008

Michael Carasik
As the creator, translator, and editor of the Commentators’ Bible series, I try to hide in plain sight. As a translator, I am not merely standing between the Torah and its English-speaking readers; I’m also standing between those readers and the eleven commentators who are trying to be only slightly less transparent. More »

The Housing Crisis: Who Should Be Helped?

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December 1, 2008

John C. Weicher
The crisis in American housing and financial markets started in February 2007 when a number of large mortgage lenders began reporting unexpectedly large losses on their portfolios of subprime mortgages, or securities backed by subprime mortgages. More »

Interpreting Torah

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December 1, 2008

Whose Torah?: A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism
Torah Queeries: Reading the Bible Through a Bent Lens
Reviewed by Mara Benjamin More »

Discussion Guides – Writing the Jewish Conversation

December 1, 2008

How might Judaism be different had the Bible ended with Joshua, with Moshe and the Israelites entering the Land? What do we gain, as Jews, from the “profound humility” of talmudic discourse and argumentation? How might it enrich Judaism to think not as a “people of the book” but as a people engaged with a More »