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Conservative Jews on Gays: Don't Ask, Don't Kvell

Two Jews, three opinions. It’s an old joke, but, as a decision by Judaism’s Conservative branch Wednesday on the explosive topic of gay ordination and gay unions...

Doors Wider Open

After years of debate, Judaism's conservative branch last week became the latest faith group to allow gay ordination and commitment ceremonies. With all the...

A Ritual for All Ages

Elaine Weiss sits to her rabbi's left, her back straight, knees primly together, a look of concentration on her face. There is a full house this Sabbath evening...

Judaism's Stake: The Mysteries Of Solomon's Temple

How did the place first become holy? The answer is lost in prehistory. At the point where the Judean desert begins to give way to the more fertile lands of the...

Democratic Convention: Demystifying Judaism

The sensation surrounding the elevation of Senator Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, to a national ticket lies less in the noun than in the adjective: Jews in...

Democratic Convention: Caught In The Middle

David Gottesman lives in Beachwood, Ohio, a town with a Jewish majority. This demographic fact is largely the result of a 1952 court ruling that ordered...

Back to the Yarmulke...

They have been debating, avidly, for two years, and when their leaders gathered in Pittsburgh, Pa., to settle the matter, discussion dragged on for an...

Religion: The Intermarriage Quandary

Last week Kitty Dukakis interrupted her hectic campaign schedule to travel back to Boston for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism's yearly calendar. There she...

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