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Facts About Fertility

October 1, 2014

1 in 7 couples will struggle to conceive. $4–$5 billion of the annual U.S. budget is spent on infertility treatments. One round of IVF in the United States costs approximately $12,000. A round of IVF in Israel costs approximately $2,700. In the U.S., 20-30 percent of infertility costs are paid for by insurance. The State of More »

Encountering God in the “In-Between”

Richard Lederman
September 18, 2014

How fitting it was for the Sh’ma editors to open this month’s edition with Shoshana Olidort’s piece, “On First Encountering Doubt.” Doubt seems to be one of several leitmotifs that weave through these articles. While it may seem odd, what first comes to my mind is Pope Francis. About a year ago, a papal interview More »


Vegetarian Tefillin & Finding Humility

September 12, 2014

On a sunny, spring afternoon in Israel, my heart was beating faster than usual as I entered the dusty Judaica shop on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Street. I stepped up to the counter and asked to purchase a new set of tefillin. It felt like I was doing something so wrong, and yet so right. Why? How could More »


Franny Silverman
September 5, 2014

August 19, 2014 To my distant cousin David, I know your grandfather, Sherman. He is one of my grandmother’s favorite cousins. And while I don’t know him well, if I caught his eye at a family celebration across a buffet of chopped liver, I’d know it was him, I’d know his name to be Sherman. More »


Maths and Mosaics

Rabbi Alon C Ferency
September 2, 2014

In school, did you like math and foreign language classes? Most people hated them, but for some reason I loved both.  Frankly, it’s only since moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, and having so many scientists as congregants, that I finally came out as a math nerd.  In fact, I’m told that math, languages, and music all share More »


Miriam Stern’s Artwork

August 29, 2014

Artist’s Statement: Rosh Hashanah celebrates God’s creation of the world we live in. It is filled with myriads of color, texture, light, and movement. Taking imagery from my photographs and combining them with previous paintings and prints I manipulate and transform them into something new. These images represent the birth of the universe. Over the More »

Sh’ma is Hiring!

August 22, 2014

Sh’ma Journal, an independent Jewish print and online journal and blog, is currently seeking an Online Community Manager to manage and implement our ongoing online activities and expand both audience outreach and online engagement through the usage of new media and social media tools. Ideal candidate will be a self-starter experienced with online social networking More »

Yehudis Barmatz-Harris’s Artwork

August 11, 2014

Yehudis Barmatz-Harris (b. 1985) born in Boston, Massachusetts, lives and works in Central Israel. She has a BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (2008) and an Art Therapy certification from Seminar Hakibbutzim, Tel Aviv (2013), having practiced as art therapy intern in the Israeli communties for the past three years. Yehudis develops her own artwork and provides a More »

The Apocalypse of Unetaneh Tokef

Richard Lederman
August 7, 2014

Much of what is written and said about the unetaneh tokef prayer revolves around the discomfort felt by many contemporary, presumably enlightened Jews. The notion of a divine royal judge sitting on a throne, reading from a book and deciding who should live and who should die through the unspeakable tortures that this text expresses More »