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A prayer book

The Opening of the Shema Prayer Explained

Holidays and Religious Traditions

Professor Reuven Kimelman offers a line-by-line analysis of Judaism's most central prayer. 

Illustration of Meyer Lansky

Was the Gangster Meyer Lansky a Mensch?

Alumni and Friends

Support of Israel. Patriotism. Love for his grandfather. In his graphic novel, Jonathan Lang '98 looks at the good side of the notorious Jewish gambling kingpin.

Rabbi Joseph Rosen teaching a student at his temple in Jackson, Mississippi.

When Prayer Gets Political

Alumni and Friends

Rabbi Joseph Rosen '14 works to uphold his Mississippi synagogue's historic commitment to civil rights without alienating congregants who want him to steer clear of controversial issues.     

A bat mitzvah ceremony

Happy 100th Birthday to the Bat Mitzvah!

Holidays and Religious Traditions

"The introduction of bat mitzvah was a steppingstone to expanding roles for women in every part of the Jewish world," scholar Lisa Fishbayn Joffe argues.