Volume 8: 5763 2002

Articles

Using Personal Prayer for Healing
Spiritual support groups give people who are suffering from pain or loss an opportunity to access the tools of Jewish healing.
By Carol Popky Hausman, Ph.D.

Divrei Torah

Magic and Ritual on Yom Kippur
The magical layer of the Yom Kippur ritual helps us connect to the power of the Day and the mercy of God.
By Perry Dane

Prayer

Oseh Shalom
By Barbara Holender

Meditation
By Avi Bloom

Sundry Blessings
By Lynn Levin

Interview

Conversations with Rabbi Ira Eisenstein z”l
Thoughts on theology, prayer, ethics and halakhah, and change within Judaism, from a noted teacher and thinker. The founder of the Reconstructionist movement reflects on the development of the movement, and on the influence of Mordecai Kaplan, his close collaborator and father-in-law.
By Gilah Langner

Fiction

Samson’s Honey
The riddle of the honey and the mystery of the long hair – and oh! those Philistine women!
By Mark Mirsky

Ritual

A New Take on Kiddushin: Halakhic, Egalitarian, Non-Heterosexist
Can a marriage ceremony be egalitarian and non-heterosexist, and – at the same time – halakhic? An innovative ritual, attentive to the principles of Jewish law and contemporary sensibilities, leads to a consideration of what halakhah means.
By Shalom Flank

A New Reading of Haftorah on Rosh Hashanah
A chantable English translation of the haftorah for the first day of Rosh Hashanah – the story of Hannah. Trop marks included!
By Clare Feinson

Midrash

Juxtapositions: Midrashic Images
Paintings that explore parallels in the lives of Biblical ancestors and events in contemporary life.
By Janet Shafner

Eve
After their exile from Eden, Life and Earth must begin anew. The magic of language and a helping angel point Earth to her journey of discovery.
By Amy Bitterman

Sarah Laughed
By Susan Thomas

Ha-Makom
By Barbara D. Holender

Wrestlers
By Pete Wolf Smith

Poetry

Withdrawal
By Robert Monaster

Sketches for an Oral Scripture
By Ira Stone

Photography

Ervah: Hidden Sensuality
A New York photographer dons the head coverings of different religious communities.
By Na’ama Batya Lewin

The Lighter Side

New York Gothic
A mystery of power, minyans, and gabai’m
By Cary L. Friedman