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We Were Once Strangers in a Strange Land

Posted on 09/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
A young immigrant finds himself quickly rising up the political ladder in the most prosperous country in the world. While his novel economic policies, intellect, and resourcefulness make him a popular figure,...

Bible Sex & Society Today

Posted on 08/31/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Showing up to Synagogue on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, you take your seat and brace yourself for the long service about to transpire. Instinctively, you reach into the pocket of the seat in front of you digging...

Can We Please Stop Glorifying Masada

Posted on 08/19/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Few events throughout our internal history have been as nefarious and blatantly anti-Jewish values as the true history and story of Masada. Yet, ironically, it is perhaps for this exact reason that it is often...

I Guess They Think All Jews Are From Europe

Posted on 08/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
A mixture of a California wildfire forcing an early end to a camping trip, Los Angeles afternoon traffic, and a wrong turn off the 405 freeway brought me and a friend on a serendipitous visit to the Skirball...

As a Homeless Man Sleeps in Jerusalem

Posted on 08/03/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Wandering through the streets of Jerusalem on a summer afternoon one can’t help but feel a deep sense of pride in the Jewish people. Somehow, after thousands of years of exile, we have returned to our...

What the Birthright Walkouts Really Accomplish

Posted on 07/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
In the early 12th century, a wealthy Spanish Jew left the dinner table early to the dismay of his wife and young daughter. They watched as he slowly put down his eating utensils, tucked in his chair, and left...

The Bible and Political Arguments

Posted on 07/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Last week I was sitting in a coffee shop talking about the politics surrounding the Israeli city of Hebron. One of the people at the table, not a particularly religious individual, spoke up and said something...

When Bigots Run for Office....

Posted on 07/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Initially, Judaism was never meant to be a religion disconnected from a land. The early prophets, priests, temple, Kings, and Bible all arose in the land of Israel between the 9th and 6th century BCE, and none...

The Hebrew Bible's Radically Feminist Beginnings

Posted on 06/20/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I came up with the idea for this article in a coffee shop this past week. As I created a rough outline and began to collect my thoughts, a friend, who happened to see the title to this article, turned to me...

Anti-Reductionism: A Critique of The Liberal American Jewish Community

Posted on 06/14/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
For those of you who frequently read my writing you understand that I am never hesitant to criticize Orthodox Judaism. Given that my entry into the Jewish blogging world was sparked by my initial...
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