Category Archives: Walking a Jewish Path


Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster
December 29, 2011

The Torah is replete with hero narratives, stories of brave men who set out into the unknown and return changed men, rewarded by God for their daring to set out into the wilderness. Abram goes to the place God will show him in return for countless blessings. Jacob flees his brother, discovers that “God was More »


Still Searching

Zoe Jick
December 27, 2011

Its always been straightforward before. My go-to community was right in front of me. Growing up in Reform day school, my Jewish circle didn’t extend far passed my family and my classmates. In high school, I found NFTY and Israel summer programs. My Jewish support system lay in late night phone calls with fellow campers More »


Taking Ownership of Your Judaism

Rabbi Steven I. Rein
December 26, 2011

Prior to my arrival at Park Avenue Synagogue, I lived on the Upper West Side for seven years and I davened at Kehilat Hadar. Hadar, founded in 2001 in the basement of a church, is the forebearer of the independent minyan movement that has become a buzz in the Jewish press nationwide. What first attracted More »


Torah Mi Sinai - A Mystical Proof

Matt Bar
December 22, 2011

The December issue of Sh’ma explores a multitude of reflections on personal journeys that lead some toward their Judaism, others, away from it. As usual, the Ultra-Reform Midwestern Jew (Myself) related most to the former Ultra-Orthodox Hasid from Brooklyn. “Over the next decade or so, as my attachment to Hasidic teachings deepened and my religious More »


It’s not easy.

Caryn Aviv
December 21, 2011

I want to sit down for coffee with Marci Shore and Shulem Deen.   I want to talk with them about how they’re both rootless cosmopolitans, in their own particular, yet very different ways.  They’re both global travelers and itinerants, literally and metaphorically.  Both seem to identify as secular Jews.  Marci, in her piece “Birth of More »


Dating with a Sucky Brand

Jake Goodman
December 19, 2011

My Branding Problem:  Overview A date is an interview, a testing of waters, an attempt to envision what a shared life with a particular other individual might look and feel like.  Once the basic standard of attraction has been met, the real question we all seem to ask ourselves is, “Can I stomach sharing my More »


Being “reformed”

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
December 15, 2011

“I’m reformed,” I hear one student tell another by means of explaining his lack of Jewish observance. I cringe, thinking of the years of theological evolution and volumes of critical scholarship underlying the progressive movement of Reform Judaism, none of which inform this young man’s Jewish choices. I remember my own upbringing in the Conservative More »