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...
The Line Between Murder and Closing Your Computer
Posted on 02/25/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
It is pretty safe to say that ethicists, moral philosophers, and ordinary people alike would all agree that if you have a chance to save someone’s life with a relatively low cost to yourself, you should...
Does Heaven Exist?
Posted on 02/20/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In its more than 20,000 verses, the Hebrew Bible is absolutely silent in regards to life after death or about Heaven. Bible scholars use this point to argue that the concept of Heaven wasn’t present in...
Rabbinic Malpractice and the Moral Duty of an Educator
Posted on 02/14/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In a recent blog post written anonymously for the thetorah.com, a high school student relates his rabbi’s reaction upon discovering that his student was reading a book about Biblical criticism. The...
Starbucks and Anti-Semitism
Posted on 02/05/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There is a curious thing that happens in coffee shops. People sit around the room, typing away at their laptops and then someone needs to get up to use the bathroom. But it would be super inconvenient to have...
Why Do The Jews Not Believe In Jesus?
Posted on 01/28/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Why do the Jews not believe in Jesus?” Unsurprisingly, this is a question that I receive quite often whenever talking about religion. From college campuses to coffee shops all the way to...
Immigration and the Jews
Posted on 01/24/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Immigration. Just the word is enough to recall the state of divisiveness and controversy that is the current political reality in today’s world. From the United States and Europe, all the way to Israel...