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Re-Analyzing the Biblical Law Against Homosexuality

Posted on 09/09/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
This is going to be a long article - probably double the length of my normal writings. The issue of homosexuality in the Torah is an important and difficult one, as we need not look far to witness the immense...

Racism, Ethiopian Jewry, and the Red Sea Diving Resort

Posted on 09/01/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The critics are correct. Netflix’s new movie The Red Sea Diving Resort about the covert Israeli mission to rescue thousands of Jewish Ethiopian refugees is predictable, generic, and all around much less...

A Somber Re-Watching of Don't Mess with the Zohan - and Why Israel Advocacy is Failing

Posted on 08/18/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There is a long list of reasons as to why Don't Mess With The Zohan probably wouldn’t have been made in 2019. The ubiquity of politically incorrect humor, replete with racial and gender stereotypes...

The Ancient Jewish Debate About the Nature of Jewishness

Posted on 08/12/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Jewish identity is confusing. Are we a religion, nationality, race, ethnicity or some mixture of all the above? This fundamentally important topic is one that I have devoted a multiplicity of articles to...

The First and Only Hasidic Female Rabbi

Posted on 08/05/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Imagine a woman standing in front of a congregation, tefillin and tallit adorn, expounding on the weekly Torah portion. Now this is nothing new, you may be thinking. Within the non-Orthodox Jewish sphere...

A New Argument Against Political Holocaust Analogies

Posted on 07/22/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Mary and Sarah are good friends. As high school juniors, they are finally “grown up”, ready to get their licenses, start worrying about college applications and, due to the current public climate,...

The History of Ethiopian Jewry

Posted on 07/15/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In the mid-nineteenth century an excited, yet anxious, Jewish community gathered on the front porch of their synagogue. “We are a miserable nation, we have no judge and no prophet.” - they bemoaned...

Get Refusal Didnít Cause the Agunah Problem- Halachah Did

Posted on 07/08/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Imagine for a moment that you are hired as a lawyer to defend a client in a high stakes court case, say regarding the custody of one’s children. After speaking to your client and gathering the relevant...

Why I Always Engage in Conversation with Anti-Semites

Posted on 06/24/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I bumped into him on campus a few weeks later. In a completely calm and even somewhat apoligetic tone he said: “The stuff you told me about most of the Jews in Israel being non-white and from Arab...

Jewish History on One Foot

Posted on 06/18/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
In my daily life I meet a ton of people who have never talked to a Jew. Often times this is within the context of running educational events on college campuses, speaking at interfaith functions, or even...
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