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Has Postmodernism Redefined Jewish History?

Posted on 11/14/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Public trust of academics in the Humanities seems to be spiraling downward as many individuals are growing increasingly skeptical of the methodology that many of these fields employ. We could discuss the...

Does This Offend You?

Posted on 11/08/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Imagine opening up your door to greet some trick-or-treaters on Halloween night or showing up to synagogue on Purim evening and seeing a nice 10 year-old girl dressed up as Anne Frank. Well, this is actually a...

Losing One’s Faith and One’s Family

Posted on 10/31/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There are certain points in one’s life where a person needs all the social support they can get, and one of these times is when someone loses their faith. Faith, or any type of religious conviction,...

Do-It-Yourself Kosher

Posted on 10/26/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A little over a month ago, the Israeli Supreme court made an important decision in regards to kashrut in Israel. For years, it was illegal for a restaurant to advertise or even imply that they upheld kosher...

A Jewish Perspective on Columbus Day versus Indigenous People's Day

Posted on 10/20/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Another thing to add to the rampant bipartisanism within America is the debate over Columbus or Indigenous Peoples’ day. Opponents of Columbus Day argue that Columbus was a gold-hungry man who was...

Freedom Is Not Free

Posted on 10/17/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“he shall not bring the people back to Egypt..for the Lord said to you, "You shall not return that way any more." (Deuteronomy 17:16) Week after week, Jews from around the world read the...

On Kneeling, Kippot and National Anthems

Posted on 10/06/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
For the past couple of years, my attention towards the NFL has been steadily decreasing. The games are extremely long with a surprisingly small amount of actual action, and I would generally rather spend my...

Why Kapparot Needs To Be Legal, By Someone Who Hates Kapparot

Posted on 09/25/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Every year right before Yom Kippur, various groups of Jews around the world practice a ritual where they swing a chicken around their head and then slaughter it, symbolically eradicating their year’s...

Jewish Political Violence: Nothing New Under The Sun

Posted on 09/19/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Tucked in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the easily forgotten day of Tzom (the Fast of) Gedalia. Generally occurring the day after Rosh Hashanah, this day has been set aside to remember the...

Struggling to Connect to the High Holidays

Posted on 09/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
I find the High Holidays extremely difficult to connect to. See the vast majority of Jewish holidays incorporate experiential learning into the holiday experience. On Sukkot we literally try to live outside in...
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