Conversations

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.

How to get Conversations

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Conversations Issues

Issue 20 (autumn 2014) of our journal Conversations includes articles dealing with relationships with the "other," people of different backgrounds, beliefs and opinions. Modern Orthodox Judaism promotes building bridges among people, and eschews a policy of isolationism. Articles in this issue deal with interfaith, intergroup and interpersonal relationships.

This is a powerful collection of articles relating to the successes, failures and challenges of contemporary synagogues. It includes essays about large and small synagogues, establishment synagogues and new synagogues. This issue also includes important articles on the nature of prayer in and out of the synagogue context.

This is a fascinating collection of essays from a diverse group of authors musing on future directions for Orthodox Judaism. Authors include Naomi Ragen, Steven Kepnes, Asher Lopatin, Alan Krinsky, Shmuly Yanklowitz, Alan Zelenetz, Dov Zakheim, Vivian Skolnick, Pamela Ehrenkranz, Zev Farber, Avraham Weiss, Meylekh Viswanath, and Marc D. Angel.

This issue includes powerful stories by authors who found their ways to Modern Orthodox Judaism. Some began life as non-Jews and later converted to Judaism. Some grew up in non-Orthodox homes but eventually turned to Orthodoxy. Some grew up Orthodox, rebelled, and then later returned to Orthodoxy.

Rabbi Hayyim Angel is Guest Editor of this amazing issue of Conversations. Leading Orthodox educators from the United States and Israel share their knowledge and insights on the proper, vibrant, creative and exciting study of the Bible.