Conservative Judaism

Conservative Judaism

Jun 26, 2018 By The Jewish Theological Seminary | Collected Resources

A collection of resources about Conservative Judaism on the JTS website.

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The Poet’s Hand

The Poet’s Hand

Jun 29, 2018 By Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary | Commentary

Beginning with Siddur Sim Shalom, Conservative prayer books began including a slightly different version of the much-loved Sabbath evening hymn Yedid Nefesh. The changes, though mostly slight, caused—and sometimes still cause—confusion, disrupting those who learned the traditionally printed version of this hymn with different grammatical forms and a few different words. What caused the change and why was it deemed sufficiently important that it should supersede the better-known version?

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Israel at 70: Bridging Divides

Israel at 70: Bridging Divides

Apr 17, 2018 By Arnold M. Eisen

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Upgrading the Torah—and the World

Upgrading the Torah—and the World

Jul 21, 2017 By Benjamin D. Sommer | Commentary | Masei | Mattot

Is God’s law perfect? Most of us would assume that anything created by an omniscient and omnipotent being must have no flaws. But a story in today’s parashah suggests otherwise—in a manner that shows a surprising similarity to a key concept of Jewish mysticism.

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I Will Get Back Up Again

I Will Get Back Up Again

Jul 14, 2017 By Stephanie Ruskay | Commentary | Pinehas

“What does your dad do at Google?”

One of our JustCity Leadership Institute pre-college program students explained that her mother works at Google in a significant leadership position. Yet each time she wears a Google T-shirt, people ask her what her father does there.

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Intermarriage and the Desert

Intermarriage and the Desert

Jun 16, 2017 By David Hoffman | Commentary | Shelah Lekha

In light of the recent work of colleagues and friends regarding the boundaries of the Jewish people and how that impacts the weddings that should or should not be performed, I cannot but help to read this Shabbat’s parashah in terms of boundaries.

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The Blessing of Assimilation—Then and Now

The Blessing of Assimilation—Then and Now

Sep 20, 2016 By Arnold M. Eisen | Public Event video

Current JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen revisits former JTS Chancellor Gerson D. Cohen’s landmark 1966 essay “The Blessing of Assimilation in Jewish History.” Chancellor Eisen discusses how the issues raised by Chancellor Cohen half a century ago continue to engage and challenge us today.

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