The Hidden Tactics of Jews for Jesus
Posted on 05/13/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
In the past few months I have attended two different church services (where I spoke on interfaith panels), spent time researching early Christianity for an article I was writing, wrote an article about...
The Best and Most Important Television Show You Have Never Heard Of
Posted on 05/09/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
While I am by no means a big television watcher, this has been an exceptional time for fans of Israeli TV. Shows like Fauda and Shtisel (both on Netflix) allow audiences to get a glimpse of what life is like...
“Peace” as a Key Jewish Value
Posted on 05/09/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
Some are presently contending that Judaism in general, and the Jewish people in particular, in their pursuit of autonomy, respect in the eyes of the world, and an independent state, are overly militant and...
When Yom HaZikaron Got Personal
Posted on 05/07/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
NOTE: Tonight begins Yom HaZikaron 5779, a day in which Israel commemorates fallen soldiers and civilians killed by terrorists. In the evening at 8 PM and again at 11 in the morning, a siren sounds throughout...
The Original Israeli Land Swap Deal
Posted on 05/02/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Perhaps nothing evokes a stronger debate within the Israeli political sphere than the idea of land for peace. The idea itself is quite simple. Israel gives over land that it has conquered (historically it has...
Counting Our Blessings as We Mourn
Posted on 05/02/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD Since the shooting last Shabbat, there has been much mourning among the Jewish people - mourning for the loss of the beloved Lori Kaye, may the memory of this Tzadeket (righteous woman) be for a...
Why Be Jewish? (Part 3) -- Roots and Beyond
Posted on 05/02/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
In our opening discussions on this topic (please see Why Be Jewish? - Defining the Question and Why Be Jewish? - The Forces Within and the Forces Without), we effectively described the tension that exists...
I Knew What A Jew Was. Of Course I Did.
Posted on 04/30/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When my daughters were little, we had a cassette tape called Reggae Passover by Alan Eder that we played repeatedly in the weeks leading up to Passover. The album includes traditional Passover songs and...
The Seder’s Almost Here – Lets Be Prepared!
Posted on 04/17/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
B”SD The Sages teach us that the month of Nissan is a month where every day is Rosh Chodesh. It is a month of new beginnings – a month that not only marks the beginning of spring’s awakening...
Meritocracy or Not?
Posted on 04/17/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Many of the fierce debates within our current political atmosphere could be reduced to a very simple and fundamental question: Do you believe that our society is a meritocracy or not? A meritocracy is the idea...
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