Authors Posts by Michael Kurin

Michael Kurin

Michael Kurin is a gastroenterologist at MetroHealth Medical Center. Prior to entering medical school he studied in Yeshiva University, where he obtained his Semikha from RIETS and an MA in medieval Jewish history from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Michael and his wife, Devorah, are proud parents of 4 children, and live in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael can be reached at

Jewish Responses to the Forgiveness Paradox

Is true forgiveness possible? Michael Kurin explores the doubts raised by prominent twentieth century philosophers and considers how Jewish tradition offers a radically different conception of repentance and forgiveness, one that enables people to alter their reality vis-à-vis God and one another.

Nine Crazy Nights?

Outside the Land of Israel, we add an extra day to several holidays. Michael Kurin wonders: why not on Hanukkah?