Spirituality Category

JVoices is co-sponsoring an exciting upcoming free event in the San Francisco Bay Area! Here’s the scoop… I recently got a piece published in Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. It’s an essay I co-authored with my friend Nzinga, about our experiences as African American Jews. She converted to Judaism, and I was born Jewish; so, […]

Julia Glassman blogs as The Girl Detective at Modern Mitzvot. Jay Michaelson responds below. I’ve attended an Orthodox service exactly once in my life, and I’ll never do it again. It was Yom Kippur during my year in France, when I was working as an au pair for a Parisian Jewish family. They’d wanted someone […]

Jonah: The Book of the Question

In: JVoices, Spirituality, Talmud, Yom Kippur

An excerpt from my upcoming collection of essays, For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book, Rutgers University Press. To order: PH 800-848-6224 or online rutgerspress.rutgers.edu. About the Author: Alicia Suskin Ostriker is an award-winning poet, critic, and midrashist, whose writing appears in many Jewish anthologies and journals. She is the author […]

L’Shana Tova & Shabbat Shalom

whenever i start to get bored with the idea of staying vocal as one of the surprisingly few non-closeted secularists in most of the electronic jewish spaces i frequent, something like this comes up. ruth messinger, former manhattan borough president, american jewish world service president, and makher-in-chief of the current (and problematic as well as […]

A video about JVoices’s contributor Rabbi Capers Funnye and Beth Shalom synagogue in Chicago, IL.

2007 SVARA/GTU Elul Bet Midrash Programs Trans Alla That*: Teshuva, Transformation, and the Tradition II** www.svara.org Chicago — July 27-29 Berkeley — August 19-24 New York City — August 31-Sept. 2 Come study with Rabbi Benay Lappe and SVARA in one of three intensive Bet Midrash Talmud study programs focusing on the Jewish traditions of […]

The Twisted Wick: Talmud Study as Spiritual Practice for Post-Modern Jews Originally Published in Zeek Rabbi Elliot Rose Kukla I found God hanging out innocuously on a page of my Talmud within an obscure legal debate over whether or not a twisted wick is still suitable for kindling Shabbat lights. I glimpsed God slipping between […]

Parsha Bamidbar

In: African-American, Bisexual, JVoices, Spirituality, Torah, Yiddishkeit

This week, YHWH (which we’re told can be pronounced, “Yoo Hoo Woo Hoo”) and her band of Hebrew homies begin their adventures “In the Wilderness.” Despite being about the business of raising an army, the parsha itself is REALLY DRY. You can see why it’s called the book of “Numbers.” They might also call it, […]

This week’s parsha is a double portion that finishes the book of Exodus (Shemot.) Most of it tells the story Bezalel and Oholiab, the two Hebrews in charge of building the tabernacle (Mishkan.) We read of all the ritual objects created for the Mishkan and of the structure itself, which was the early model for […]


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