Conversations is the print journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals.

Conversations focuses on major themes confronting our community. It discusses major issues in contemporary Orthodox and general Jewish life. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from our many readers. The journal has attracted articles from a diverse group of writers, scholars, rabbis and communal activists.

It is lively, thought-provoking - it generates discussions and conversations. Conversations provides the community - Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike - with a forum that demonstrates the intellectual vibrancy, diversity and creativity within the Orthodox Jewish world.

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Conversations Issues

This is a special issue of Conversations that includes a series of essays by Rabbi Marc D. Angel on various Jewish thinkers of the modern period who have had impact well beyond the Jewish community. The essays include Sephardim and Ashkenazim, men and women, rabbis, scholars, activists, some religious and some less so. 

This issue of Conversations explores how moral values are inculcated in our homes, schools and communal institutions. Why are people who are scrupulous in ritual observance sometimes guilty of abusive, dishonest, and discourteous behavior?

This issue includes an anthology of articles dealing with the halakha, hashkafa and historic challenges relating to conversion to Judaism. Among the authors are Rabbi Chaim Amsellem, Rabbis Marc and Hayyim Angel, Dr. Zvi Zohar, Rabbi Shaul Farber and other impressive scholars.  

A proper religious worldview includes commitment to making the world a better place. This issue of Conversations deals with Torah Judaism's responsibility for society, for our environment, for human dignity.  It includes articles on women as Orthodox Jewish religious leaders; faith development; end of life issues. Among the authors are Rabbis Marc and Hayyim Angel, Dr.

This issue focuses on aspects of Sephardic/Pan-Sephardic civilization, and on the need for all Jews to become more familiar with these components of Jewish experience.