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Off the Shelf: Legal fictions and loopholes

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Whether to impose strict interpretations of biblical laws or create loopholes to ease Jewish life so the population would not discard those laws as too onerous: that summarizes one of the difficulties the ancient rabbis faced when discussing rabbinic law. The many l…

Jewish Online Resources 5/3/24

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

Qesher will hold the virtual talk “A Year of Music and Food in Jewish Italy” …

Jewish Online Resources 4/19/24

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

Ritualwell will hold the class “Presence and Absence: Images of the Divine in K…

TV Review: Choices & consequences: Good-bye, Mrs. Maisel, wherever you are

By Bill Simons

After 43 episodes, showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino’s groundbreaking dramedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime, 2017-23) has retired, sort of. It enjoys video immortality on streaming services and may yet inspire a movie, play, novel, clothing line, signature co…

Off the Shelf: Books for the young at heart

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Books for tweens


“Max in the House of Spies”

My original plan for this review was to group books in order by age (teen first, then tween, followed by picture books), but I couldn’t wait to write about “Max in the House of Spies” by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton …