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ANNOUNCING THE
Jewish Values Online Blog Awards - Third Quarter 5779
 
Jewish Values Online, the leading site providing a mix of voices and viewpoints for
multi-denominational Jewish perspectives on moral and ethical questions is delighted to announce the selection of the best blog entries posted for the third quarter of 5779.
 

So You Have a Jewish Father: A Guide to When Dad is Jewish but Mom is not

Posted on 04/05/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine
So you have a Jewish father. You may identify as Jewish. And you may not. You might say that you are half Jewish, or you could just be confused. Any of these answers are completely understandable. You may have...
 
 
 

Kvetching for a Cause: The Art of Selfishly Praying for Others

Posted on 05/27/2019 by Jacob Schwartz
B”SD “Heal me Hashem, and I will he healed; save me Hashem, and I will be saved, for You are my prayer.” - Jeremiah 17:14 ״רפאני ה׳ וארפא, הושיעני ואושעה, כי תהלתי אתה״ – ירמיהו יז:יד...
 
 
 
 
 

“Reverse Anthropomorphism”

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler
A Talmudic passage describing God in a dialectical manner. At the end of each Shabbat, a lengthy prayer, beginning with the words, “VaYetein LeCha…” (“And may He Give you…) is...
 
 
 
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Hiring or asking someone to say Kaddish for your relative?

What is the Jewish response to natural tragedy?

Agunah (chained woman) problem?

Are there any parts of a kosher bird that are not kosher?

Obligation to care for aging parents.

Are some Jewish people not suited to marriage?

Is one obliged to inform a seller of the value of an item?

How do I measure whether I'm living up to what God expects?

Does the Talmud carry the same authority as the Torah?

14, Jewish, & Gay - now what?

Level of personal honesty in a job interview?

Grieving family after losing son to a drug overdose.

Safe Treatment of Animals

What is permissible in satisfying one's spouse?

Sexual roles: is female domination okay?

Parent's right to try to persuade?

Can Jews sing Gospel music?

MUST a Jew have children?

Obligation to Exercise?

Halachic obligation for a Jew to move to Israel

Mean to a sibling? How do I know when I am?

Use/Abuse Homeless Guests in Synagogue for Publicity?

What is the Jewish position on an afterlife?

Should I write about Jewish law on a sex worker's blog?

What roles can a non-Jew play in the Jewish community?

Jewish view: Covenant Law leads to Good and Evil?

Is Organ or Tissue Donation Okay for Jews?

Is God a He? What gender do we use to reference God?

What is the Jewish view on organ transplants?

Intermarriage ==> problems or possibilities?
 
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