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Does Morality Trump Religion?

Posted on 01/18/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
God comes to you and tells you to sacrifice your son. Or maybe that was a dream. But you are pretty sure that you were awake. You think. The last couple of times God had promised or told you something it...

Did Trefa Banquet 2.0 Go Too Far?

Posted on 01/11/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
When it comes to rabbinic literature, there is no dearth of statements that bring out a mixture of confusion, wonderment and excitement. The rabbis, in creating a vastly new form of Judaism, were clearly not...

Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Taboo

Posted on 01/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The modern Jewish community is an extremely introspective group that is seemingly willing to question everything. Want to question the Bible? What took you so long?! Want to question God? Join the club....

The Uphill Battle of Teaching Liberal Judaism

Posted on 12/25/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Two men run into a courtroom. This is either the start of a bad joke or a piece of Talmud. In this case, it’s it the latter. They are in the middle of a heated argument. After calming down the pair, the...

The Value of Disagreement

Posted on 12/17/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
While I am not an overly emotional person, there are a couple of stories that get me every time. Now the Talmud is generally viewed as a dry and dense book filled with archaic debates and detailed descriptions...

Hanukkah: The Jewish Christmas

Posted on 12/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
“Happy Hanukkah!” I have begun to hear these words with increased frequency as I go about my daily schedule. This tells me Christmas is coming up. As I have spent my entire life wearing a kippah...

Why Lies About Israel Are Surprisingly Effective

Posted on 11/30/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I’m going to tell you a few lies: Halley’s Comet will be visible the first week in March, 2018. 91% of people who had college degrees voted for Hillary Clinton during the last American election....

No More Free Passes

Posted on 11/27/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A couple months ago Sam Harris, the prolific neuroscientist, author, and philosopher was featured in an intense debate with the creator of the Dilbert comics and vocal Trump supporter Scott Adams. The debate...

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...
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