Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Who is A Jew??" AGAIN! Coping With the Shifting Nature of Jewish Identity

This week's CHUTZPAH Award goes to Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who is trying to restore the "Jewish" label to Israel identity cards, thereby dredging up the old "Who is a Jew" controversy. Read about that, see the tie to this week's portion and read a new responsum just passed by the Law Committee (Conservative Judaism's halachic arbiter) on whether congregations should take people at their word when they identify themselves as being Jewish.

We'll be talking about all of these at services this Shabbat. See the discussion materials by clicking here.

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