Articles By Jeffrey Spitzer

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    Jeffrey Spitzer is Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at Gann Academy, The New Jewish High School, Waltham, Mass., and a member of the Institute's Tichon Fellows Program.


    • MJL Author Article 30

      Providing What is Lacking

      Jewish texts on social justice describe the tension between providing what is needed and providing what is affordable.

    • MJL Author Article 31

      Eating Matzah At the Seder

      The bread of poverty has a rich history in Rabbinic literature.

    • MJL Author Article 32

      Israel as Estranged Wives and Widows

      The metaphor of Israel as the wife of God receives several potent and shocking midrashic reinterpretations as the rabbis reflect on Israel's suffering and persecution.

    • MJL Author Article 33

      The Torah of Moses

      Although modern traditionalist Judaism uniformly affirms the divinity of the Torah, classical sources disagree on what role Moses had in the actual production of the Torah.

    • MJL Author Article 34

      Jewish Pseudepigraphy

      To earn respect, a genre of Jewish texts assigns authorship to biblical figures and sages of previous eras.

    • MJL Author Article 35

      The Noahide Laws

      Seven commandments which, according to Jewish tradition, are incumbent upon all of humankind.

    • MJL Author Article 36

      Welcoming the Convert into the Family of Israel

      Israel's responsibilities toward converts begin with equal protection, but ultimately require the full integration of the convert into the family of Israel.

    • MJL Author Article 37

      Jeremiah 7:  The Israelites’ "Edifice Complex"

      The prophet takes on the people's mistaken assumption that they can safely persist in unethical behavior--and that God would never destroy the Temple.

    • MJL Author Article 38

      Preventing Dependency

      "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." How many fish do we buy, and how many nets?

    • MJL Author Article 39

      After the First Temple

      Jewish history was permanently altered by the destruction of the First Temple, and the exile that came afterwards.


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