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Early Zionists, Purim, and Cultural Appropriation

Posted on 03/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
As Purim rolls around Jews worldwide begin to pick out their costumes for the day long festival. Of course, like every other costume wearing occasion, we can expect the normal communal conversation over what...

What's Jewish About Pi Day?

Posted on 03/14/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Holidays
Pi Day is celebrated on the 14th day of the third month because pi equals 3.14. (The three corresponds to the third month which is March and the .14 relates to the 14th day.) Really pi equals 3.1415926535 and...

The Talmud is the Jewish New Testament

Posted on 03/07/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
High on the list of common religious misconceptions is the idea that Judaism (based off the “Old Testament”) is a ruthless, merciless, and punishing tradition while Christianity (based off the New...

No One Should Feel Alone

Posted on 03/05/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
When a person engages in prayer, it seems to me that it is very important for him/her to personalize the prayers as much as possible. The goal is to make the statements and supplications your own, even if...

When You're Convinced Someone Else Is 100% Wrong

Posted on 03/03/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Last week, Jewish Values Online published a blog post with which I not only vehemently disagreed, but found riddled with inaccuracy and unsound reasoning. The title of the offending post is “Extremist...

Dressing Like a Jew

Posted on 02/28/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD The Invisible Jew In a mix and match society like America, who must the invisible Jew imitate? The feudal system of Poland made it simple - we would like to blend in with the business class, the...

Extremist Judaism One of the Biggest Threats to Israel

Posted on 02/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In the late nineteenth century, as a nascent movement to create a Jewish state in the ancient homeland of Israel was being whispered about throughout European Jewish communities, Orthodox rabbis were the first...

How a 19th Century Jewish Russian Organization Helped me Recognize my Privilege

Posted on 02/18/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
I don’t remember his name but he must have been around thirty years old. “To whom it may concern”, I started the letter, trying to sound all official. Then I erased it. “To the Los...

On Books, Money and Jewish Women

Posted on 02/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
This is a true story about an honest Jewish teenager. And about how Torah guidelines contribute to a more civilized society. Many years ago, from my personal interest in the topic and, okay… I admit it,...

No, Zionism has Nothing to do with Religion

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
If you were to step back in time into early-nineteenth century European Jewry and told people that in about a century their descendants would enjoy political autonomy in their ancient homeland of Israel you...
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