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

For religious Zionists, Israel is both a dream and a reality. This issue of Conversations deals with the religious significance of the State, the role of religion in Israel, the place of Orthodoxy in Israel.

This issue of Conversations explores the role of free creative expression and how Orthodoxy relates to creativity. To what extent does Orthodox Judaism foster originality, and to what extent does it stifle creativity? Among the authors in this issue are Rabbi David Bigman, Rabbi Binyamin Lau, Linda Kastner, and Chava Evans.


While many Orthodox Jews are spiritually alive, many other seem to have problems with their spirituality.

Ethical living is a vital component in Judaism. Service To the Almighty is not, and cannot be, separated from our honesty, integrity, and compassion. This issue of Conversations focuses on the centrality and scope of ethics in Torah Judaism.Among this issue's authors are Dr. Benjamin M. Friedman, Rabbi Dr. Daniel Sperber, Rabbi Yuval Cherlow and Rachel Levmore.


Orthodoxy is not a monolithic entity. There is not one--and only one--correct way of believing and observing Torah Judaism. This issue explores the diversity within Orthodoxy and within Jewish traiditon. Among the authors are Marc D. Angel, Yitschak Chouraqui, Nathan Lopes Cardozo, and Jennifer Lewis.