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Rabbinic Malpractice and the Moral Duty of an Educator

Posted on 02/14/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In a recent blog post written anonymously for the thetorah.com, a high school student relates his rabbi’s reaction upon discovering that his student was reading a book about Biblical criticism. The...

What Do You Do When A Friend's Dvar Torah Offends You?

Posted on 02/12/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
The past week’s parsha (Torah portion), Mishpatim, tells us that because we were strangers in Egypt that we need to welcome those strangers in our midst. And we do. The movement to bring our Ethiopian...

A Surprising Jewish Lesson From This Is Us

Posted on 02/06/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Regular viewers of the NBC show This Is Us are familiar with the series’ frequent use of the dramatic technique of switching back and forth between the past and the present. In the present, the three...

Starbucks and Anti-Semitism

Posted on 02/05/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There is a curious thing that happens in coffee shops. People sit around the room, typing away at their laptops and then someone needs to get up to use the bathroom. But it would be super inconvenient to have...

The Uphill Battle of Teaching Orthodox Judaism

Posted on 01/30/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
I read with great interest the JVO blog posting from Moshe Daniel Levine entitled The Uphill Battle of Teaching Liberal Judaism and found myself agreeing with many of his points. In many ways, I found him...

Why Do The Jews Not Believe In Jesus?

Posted on 01/28/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Why do the Jews not believe in Jesus?” Unsurprisingly, this is a question that I receive quite often whenever talking about religion. From college campuses to coffee shops all the way to...

Immigration and the Jews

Posted on 01/24/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Immigration. Just the word is enough to recall the state of divisiveness and controversy that is the current political reality in today’s world. From the United States and Europe, all the way to Israel...

Searching for God in the Garbage

Posted on 01/21/2018 by Ruti Eastman in Reviews
Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha GoetzW & B Publishers232 pages; $17.99 on Amazon Bracha Goetz has written a remarkable memoir of a Harvard-educated woman, steeped in knowledge about the dangers...

Does Morality Trump Religion?

Posted on 01/18/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
God comes to you and tells you to sacrifice your son. Or maybe that was a dream. But you are pretty sure that you were awake. You think. The last couple of times God had promised or told you something it...

The Cringe Worthy Mrs. Maisel

Posted on 01/15/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
I didn’t realize there was anything Jewish about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel before I started watching it. Some friends were raving about the Amazon Prime Video series on Facebook and then I read that the...
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