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Jewish Political Violence: Nothing New Under The Sun

Posted on 09/19/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Tucked in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the easily forgotten day of Tzom (the Fast of) Gedalia. Generally occurring the day after Rosh Hashanah, this day has been set aside to remember the...

Struggling to Connect to the High Holidays

Posted on 09/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
I find the High Holidays extremely difficult to connect to. See the vast majority of Jewish holidays incorporate experiential learning into the holiday experience. On Sukkot we literally try to live outside in...

The KKK, a Black Musician and the Bible

Posted on 08/28/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
What do the KKK, a black musician, and a misinterpretation of a Biblical story have in common? A few nights ago, I watched a new documentary on Netflix titled Accidental Courtesy. The film is centered on a...

Is There Anything All Jews Share?

Posted on 08/21/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
We are in the middle of an age of intense disagreement. Between politics, religion, and other public topics - it seems that forming a consensus on anything is a lofty, if not impossible, goal. A couple of days...

Criticizing Critics of Biblical Criticism

Posted on 08/14/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
One of the reasons why I love the Jewish blogging world so much is that at any given time there is a whole array of topics being discussed simultaneously that directly relate to our lives as Jews. While the...

Social Media and God

Posted on 08/14/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
It is easy to tell what a society is deeply worried about by the entertainment it produces. In this case, it is clear that the proliferating amount of television and movie content regarding the dangers of...

Intermarriage: The Beginning of the End

Posted on 07/23/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Believe me, I completely understand why a Jewish community would want to do away with the ethnocentric notion of Jewish “chosenness”. In our pluralistic society, it is extremely offensive and...

Moving On From Destruction

Posted on 07/18/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
They say that history is written by the winners. This was the sentiment that I felt exactly two years ago when I was sitting under the Arch of Titus during this period known as the Three Weeks. The Three weeks...

American Jew or Jewish American?

Posted on 07/06/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Growing up, there was always the looming question of whether or not one was an American Jew or a Jewish American. The fundamental issue was whether one places their Jewish identity before their American...

Donít Judge a Man by his (Head) Cover

Posted on 06/23/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The other day I was asked if I will wear a kippah for the rest of my life. I immediately answered, “I think so”, and that is the truth. I feel strongly that Jewish men who are committed to their...
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