This is the home page for Justin Jaron Lewis, at the University of Manitoba. Welcome to my world.

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, and some of my courses also count for credit in Judaic Studies or Central and East European Studies. I teach Religion and Sexuality, Storytelling and Religion, and most of our department’s courses on Judaism. For the most recent course listings see Teaching.

My research is mostly about storytelling and Judaism, usually both at the same time. See Research for updates on my work in progress. Most of my published work can be accessed at I maintain two other WordPress sites for specific projects: Thoughts On Death (Menakhem Oldendorf, 1504), a gem of early Yiddish literature; and The Aramaic Language of the Zohar.

Not everything I write is of an academic nature. Some other work will be posted from time to time in Writing. And here is a personal note.



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  1. Hi Justin, I really enjoyed your article called “Light pollution cause of increased atheism”. I’m an atheist and chuckled at the title and clicked through. It was actually beautifully written, and of course I appreciated your inclusive words at the end.


    • Hi Rob! I am getting the sweetest responses from atheists to that article! And of course as I tried to explain I am only bothered by dogmatic atheism just as I am by dogmatic religion. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.


      • Good! And I really like the theory that less exposure to the beauty of the skies reduces people’s tendency to “think mystically.” It’s certainly plausible. It’s quite a feeling to see the Milky Way clearly when you get away from the city lights.

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