Shavuot: Holiday of Intermarriage?
Posted on 05/15/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
The vast majority of Jews who study the Hebrew Bible do so, often unknowingly, through the lens of over 2,000 years of rabbinic exegesis and interpretation. The rabbinic layer attempts to smooth over and...
Why Secular Jews Should Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim
Posted on 05/08/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Unlike many liberal American or secular Jews, I will be proudly celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) this year. Let me explain why. Not only is Jerusalem the birthplace of Judaism and the Bible, but it...
Israel Must Act Quickly To Win Back American Jewish Support
Posted on 05/06/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
It is no secret that criticism of Israel has been proliferating from the mainstream American Jewish community over the past couple of years. It seems like every week, there is a new Jewish organization,...
A Modest Proposal: Advertise Kosher Restaurants to Muslims
Posted on 04/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Want to keep your kosher restaurant open? Advertise to Muslims. It is no secret that kosher restaurants and businesses outside of Israel struggle to stay open. In my hometown of San Diego, the average life of...
Shame on Us!
Posted on 04/17/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Anyone who has had the privilege of hearing first-hand testimony of the Holocaust understands its fundamental value and importance. The sad truth is that these chances are quickly dwindling and it is our...
Happy Passover From the Wicked Son
Posted on 03/26/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
For the past 2000 years, my question on Seder night has been misunderstood. And rather than answer me, you tell me that if I had been in Egypt I wouldn’t have been redeemed. But you are missing the...
From Heresy to Heresy – The Case of Uriel da Costa
Posted on 03/17/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Portugal, along with a whole host of sister counties in Christendom, was not an easy place to be Jewish in the late Middle Ages. As the Inquisition spread throughout Europe, Jews were faced with the binary...
When Sephardim Wear Black Hats
Posted on 03/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Perhaps there is no era of Jewish history as hotly debated as the Golden Age in Spain. After the rise and spread of nascent Islam, leading into the subsequent Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the...
Wearing a Kippah in a Non-Kosher Restaurant
Posted on 03/07/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
It’s the classic case. A Jewish man walks into a non-kosher restaurant to grab some food with a friend and inconspicuously slides off his kippah and puts in into his pocket, making sure that no one...
Does Black Mirror Make The Case For Religion?
Posted on 02/26/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Netflix's Black Mirror is arguably the best television series around right now. Not only is the premise of every one of its stand-alone episodes interesting enough to be its own two hour movie, but Black...