David Kraemer

Solving The Sabbath

Exactly what kind of ‘work’ is forbidden on Shabbat — and why?

05/06/2010

The Sabbath is a puzzle. The Torah, saying almost nothing about Sabbath practice beyond various forms of the command “don’t do work on it,” left it to subsequent generations to make sense of its purposes.

 Seder Tikkunei Shabbat, Vienna, 1724. JTS ms 8269. Courtesy of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Food For Thought

Staff Writer
04/03/2009

A longtime professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, David Kraemer regularly ventures a few blocks north of the campus to shop at the Harlem Fairway.

At this New York foodie mecca, the mostly vegetarian Kraemer, who is the primary cook of his family, indulges his zeal for all things culinary while rustling up ingredients for Shabbat dinner.

Food For Thought

Chatting with David Kraemer, the scholarly author of ‘Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages.’

04/03/2009
A longtime professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, David Kraemer regularly ventures a few blocks north of the campus to shop at the Harlem Fairway. At this New York foodie mecca, the mostly vegetarian Kraemer, who is the primary cook of his family, indulges his zeal for all things culinary while rustling up ingredients for Shabbat dinner.

Jesus' Death Now Debated By Jews

10/03/2003
Staff Writer
The controversy over Mel Gibson's upcoming film about the death of Jesus has spurred painful exchanges between Jews and Christians and progressive and traditional Catholics in recent days. To date, the debates have centered on the "proper" interpretation of the role of Jews in Jesus' Crucifixion, as presented in the four New Testament Gospels. But this week, Gibson's $25 million biblical epic, which the director insists is about love and forgiveness, has triggered a new squabble: among Jewish scholars.

New Read On The Holidays

09/29/2000
Staff Writer
‘I don’t go to shul,” Leon Bernhardt declares. Raised Conservative, he stopped attending synagogue shortly after his bar mitzvah four decades ago in Crown Heights, when he and his brother were saying Kaddish for their father and were berated, publicly, for showing up for mincha one day sans jackets. Now he’s a psychiatrist, lives in Manhattan and doesn’t belong to a congregation. Elaine Wohl does go to shul.
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