Browsing Archive: April, 2011

Should Jews Proselytize? From Reform Judaism Magazine

Posted by Esther on Sunday, April 3, 2011,
Choosing Judaism: Judaism's Proselytizing Tradition
a conversation with Harold Schulweis

Rabbi Harold Schulweis, a spiritual leader of Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA, is author of Judaism: Embracing the Seeker (2010, KTAV Publishing House).

RJ: You have described Abraham as the first Jew-by-choice.

Yes. Because Abraham was not born Jewish, his Jewish identity was not formed by genealogical descent but by moral assent, not stamped by the pedigree of his birth but by t...


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Yet another article that speaks to the dilemma we have as Reform Jews

Posted by Esther Klein on Saturday, April 2, 2011,

She Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Israeli Flag "Seven years ago, I arrived here as a Jewish and Zionist woman," she says teary eyed while packing her suitcases. "Now I am leaving Israel because in the eyes of the Chief Rabbinate I am not a Jewish woman, and when I myself am already not so sure I am so Zionist."

SHE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
By Smadar Shir • Yediot Achronot
April 30th 2010
[TRANSLATIONS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS By Jonathan Adam Silverman]

Jessica Fishman no longer lives...


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