North American synagogues experience these two purposes not as mutually reinforcing but as incongruous—which is why they’re in trouble.
In Israel and in traditional communities, life and liturgy don’t run away from hardship. Most American Jews prefer to think on the brighter side, but that comes at a high cost.
Reform Jews report feeling more connected to their synagogues than ever.
The strange new religion of the self.
Some reflections on solitary prayer and mixed-sex seating.
Or has it made them more common?
Marvin Schick, in memoriam.
Embracing the connection between two stories of emancipation.
Remix Judaism? No thanks.
Thoughts on daily Talmud study not conducted “in the spirit of a believer.”