A First-hand Account of Israel’s Wagner Debate

NEW YORK, July 17 (JTA) — The opportunity to hear the German State Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, perform in Jerusalem was in itself ironic. That Daniel Barenboim, the orchestra’s world-famous conductor, is an Israeli Jew made a performance in Jerusalem all the more intriguing. Moments after Shabbat ended on July 7, two friends and I hurried … Read more

Taking It With You: Bringing Joseph’s Bones Out of Egypt

January 1999 Rabbi Leon A. Morris  In this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi, Joseph and his brothers show two very different ways of reacting in response to the past. Joseph’s brothers fear that he will take revenge on them once their father has died. They ask, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and … Read more

Reform Judaism

Rabbi Leon A. Morris, Sh’ma Journal  At the time of publication the writer was a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College Reform Judaism will grow and thrive not by thoughtlessly seeking out a perceived “center”, but by recapturing the sense of dialectic that Judaism has always treasured and Reform has all but lost. … Read more