PUBLICATIONS BY RABBI RIFAT SONSINO, LL.B, PH.D.

BOOKS:

Introduccion al Judaismo Reformista, Buenos Aires, Argentina: 
Congregacion Emanu-El, 1968.

Motive Clauses in Hebrew Law: Biblical Forms and Near Eastern Parallels,
SBLDS 45, Missoula, Scholars Press for SBL, 1980. Reissued in 2004.

Finding God; Ten Jewish Responses (with Daniel B. Syme), New York
UAHC, 1986. Finding God-Selected Responses. With Daniel B. Syme, NY: UAHC, 2002, Revised Edition.

What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death (with Daniel B. Syme). New York, UAHC, 1990.

Six Jewish Spiritual Paths. Jewish Lights Publishing: Woodstock: VT, 2000.

The Many Faces of God: A Reader of Modern Jewish Theologies. NY: URJ. 2004.

Did Moses Really Have Horns? And Other Myths About Jews and Judaism. NY: URJ Press, 2009.

BOOK REVIEWS:

Gates of the House ed. by Chaim Stern (New York: CCAR, 1977), CCAR Journal 99 (1977), 83-87.

The Bible in Israeli Education: A Study of Approaches to the Hebrew Bible and its Teaching in Israeli Educational Literature by
J. Schoneveld (Assen/Amsterdam: Van Gorcum, 1976; 294 pages) in Jewish Education, Spring, 1980 (vol. 48/1), 47-48.

The Ten Commandments for Jews, Christians and Others, by Roger E. Van Harn, ed.
(Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 2007, xiii+222 pages),
in “Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations,” Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2008, Article 16.

EDITOR

1997-2001  Editor of the  “CCAR Journal” CCAR, NY.

ARTICLES

“La Biblia-Un Clasico No Leido,” Osfa, Buenos Aires, Marzo-Abril, 1967, 4-5.

“Como Fue Preservado el Texto de la Biblia? La Obra de los Mesoraim,” Osfa, Mayo, 1967, 8.

“La Conversion de Sabetai Sevi,” Davar 118 (1968) 114-126 (Buenos Aires,Argentina).

“El Hombre y Su Libertad” (Man and his Freedom), Concepto del Hombreen el Judaismo”, American Jewish Committee, Buenos Aires, Argentina,
1969, 20-22.

“Torah and Biblical Criticism,” Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia, Feb.27,1970.

“The Integrity of Teaching,” Kinnereth, Philadelphia: Gratz College, June, 1974.

“At This Season..Legend of (the) Miracle of Oil,” Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia, Dec. 6, 1974.

“Toward a Definition of Law in the Pentateuch,”  Journal of Reform Judaism,106 (1979) 117-123.

“Reflections on Reform Jewish Worship.” Jewish Spectator, Winter Issue, 1979, 28-29.

“Jerusalen, Ciudad Eterna de Israel” (Jerusalem, Eternal City of Israel).
“Nuestro Encuentro”.  ADL Publication, No 1, Winter, 1981.

“Service to God” (on Micah 6:8).  The Needham  Chronicle, February,11.1981.

“Hanukah-Why 8 days?”  The Needham Chronicle, December 16, 1981,alsoappeared in The Needham Times, December 17, 1981
and The Jewish Advocate, December 17, 1981.

“The Bible and Politics” Judaism, Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter , 1983, 77-83.

 “A Reform Get: A Proposal” with Bernard H. Mehlman, Journal of Reform Judaism, Summer, 1983, 31-36.

“A Passover Theme - The Four Individuals” (A Modern Version),The Jewish Advocate, Thursday, April 5, 1984.

“Characteristics of Biblical Law” Judaism, Spring, 1984, 202-209.

“The Laws in the Book of Exodus - What Do They Teach Us?  Keeping Posted, Vol. 32/5, March, 1987.

“The Roles of the Synagogue for Today’s Members,” The Jewish Advocate, Boston, March 17, 1988.

“Integrating Intermarried Couples into Synagogue Life,” The Jewish Advocate, Boston, March 17, 1989.

“Forms of Biblical Law,” The Anchor Bible Dictionary, New York,
Doubleday, 1992, Vol. 4, 251/4.

“Sabbetay Zevi: The Fall of the False Messiah,” CCAR Journal, Fall 1996, 71-83.

“Jewish Definitions of Spirituality,” The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook; A Guide to Understanding, Exploring & Living a Jewish Life.
Edited by Stuart M. Matlins. Woodstock: Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001, 9-16.

“The Changing Perceptions of God in Judaism,” Teaching About God and Spirituality; A Source Book for Jewish Settings.
Edited by Roberta Louis Goodman and Sherry H. Blumberg. Denver, Colorado: A.R.E. Publishing, 2002, 6-13.

“Where Reform Judaism Stands Today,” (Translated into Catalan as “ El Judaisme Progressista,” and published in) Dialogal
[A Unesco publication on Interfaith Dialogue], Barcelona, Spain, #27, Oct. 2008, 26-29.

“God Doesn’t Need a Name,” The Reform Jewish Quarterly-CCAR Journal, Fall, 2010, 108-115.

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (Brill, 2010):

  • “Asseo, David Ben Isaac”
  • “Haleva, Izak”
  • “Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul”
  • “Soncino (Sonsino) Family”

 

ON LINE

"On the Book of Ruth," NY: UAHC Living Torah, Week of June 4-10, 2000; 7 Sivan 5760, Vol. 4, No.36, 1.
(See http://urj.org/torah/issue/000603.shtml)

“You Shall Afflict Yourselves,” Union for Reform Judaism, Living Torah-Torat Hayyim, Sept.25, 2004, Vol.8/49.
http://urj.org/torah
(Look for Yom Kippur 5765). “You Shall Afflict Yourselves,” (revised version), www.sbl-site.org, Sept. 12, 2005.

“Self-Reliance,” (An Introduction to the Book of Numbers), Union for Reform Judaism, Torat Hayyim, May 21, 2005, Vol. 10/31,
http://www.urj.org/torah. (Look for it the “archive”)).

“Change of Name; Change of Status,” on Lekh Lekha, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, Oct. 30, 2006, 
http://www.urj.org/torah. (Look for it in the “archive”).

“Jacob Honors His Parents,” on Vayetze, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, Nov. 27, 2006, 
http://www.urj.org/torah. (Look for it in the “archive”).

“To Save Life,” on Vayigash, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, Dec. 25, 2006,  http://www.urj.org/torah.
(Look for it in the “archive”)

“Forgive Your Enemy But Remember His Name,” on Bo, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, Jan. 19, 2007, 
http://www.urj.org/torah . (Look for it in the “archive”)

“God-Near or Far?” on T’rumah, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, Feb. 19, 2007,
http://www.urj.org/torah. (Look for it in the “archive”).

“Expressing Gratitude,” on Vayikra, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform

Voices of Torah, March 24, 2007,  http://www.urj.org/torah. (Look for it in the “archive”).

“The Plagues of Our Time,” on Tazria/Metzora’, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, April 21, 2007,
  http://www.urj.org/torah. (Look for it in the “archive”).

“Introducing B’midbar,” Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, May 19, 2007, 
http://www.urj.org/torah. (Look for it in the “archive”)

“Individual Responsibility,” on Korah, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, June 16, 2007,
http://www.urj.org/torah. (Placed in the “archive”).

“The Death of an Innocent Bystander,” on Matot’Mas’e, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, July 9, 2007,
http://www.urj.org/torah. (Placed in the “archive”).

“Verbalizing Love,” on Re’eh, Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, Aug. 11,02007, 
http://www.urj.org/torah. ((Placed in the “archive”).

“”Every Jew is Part of the Covenant,” on Nitzavim/Vayelekh,
 Union for Reform Judaism, Reform Voices of Torah, Sept.8,  2007, http://www.urj.org/torah. ((Placed in the “archive”).

TRIBUTE

“A Student’s Appreciation: Dr. Tigay, My Teacher,” Mishneh Todah.  Ed. Nili S. Fox, David A. Glatt-Gilad and Michael J. Williams. (Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 2009, xvii-xx)

BLOGS:  http://rifatsonsino.blogspot.com

“The Chief Rabbi and I”  (8/24/09)
“The Languages I Can Handle” (9/7/09)
“Teaching at Boston College” (9/20/09)
“Lieutenant Rifat” (10/13/09)
“How I Got to Know Prof. Gershom Scholem” (11/5/09)
“How Free Are We?” (11/20/09)
“How Have The Mighty Fallen?” (12/2/09)
“A Hanukah Controversy” (12/13/09)
“Living With Two Calendars” (1/5/10)
“Interdependence” (1/22/10)
“My Recent Visit to Buenos Aires” (2/5/10)
“Almost Jobless” (2/174/10)
“Facebook and Others” (3/2/10)
“Respect for Teachers” (3/18-10)
“Transliterating Hebrew; The Silly “Ch” (4/6/10)
“Two Weddings in Barcelona” (7/5/10)
“Revamping the High Holiday Liturgy (9/21/10)
“Islamophobia in the USA (10/20/10)
“Abraham’s Cheeseburger” (10/27/10)
“An Ethical Dilemma” (11/14/10)
“What Does the Biblical Text Really Means” (“Hand” in the Bible) (12/7/10)
“Feet in the Bible” (1/11/11)
“The ‘Ear’ and ‘Hearing’ in the Bible (1/26/11)
“Punctuality” (2/8/11)
“Closure”-Is it Possible? (2/22/11)
“The Evil Eye” (3/10/11)
“The Earth Does Not Belong to Us” (4/20/11)
“God’s Love;” A Religious Naturalist Perspective (5/1/11)
“Thirty Conversions in Barcelona” (6/20/11)
“Maimonides: Then and Now” (7/5/11)
“Israel Trip-Dec. 2011” (1/5/12)