Your Anti-Zionism is quite possibly Anti-Semitic
Posted on 01/16/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
High on the list of ironies surrounding anti-Israel organizations is their vocal criticism of the way that Israel has historically treated the influx of Mizrahi Jews into the country. Now don’t get me...
Yes, You Can Be A Jewish Atheist
Posted on 01/03/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
To say that Judaism is a religion is to misunderstand two things. First, the term “religion” is a new word coined in the post-Enlightenment era, with no parallel or synonyms in any ancient...
Check Your Theological Privilege
Posted on 12/24/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Nahum was an optimistic man of simple faith. No matter what life threw at him, or how bad things got, he would always respond with the maxim “this too is for the good”. Eventually his friends...
Being A Jewish Educator Is A Lifestyle Choice
Posted on 12/16/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
1:23 am on a Saturday night I receive a work text waking me up from my hard earned sleep after a long night hike up a mountain ridge out by Palm Desert. Unzipping the top half of my sleeping bag to uncover my...
“Jews” for Jesus? No Way!
Posted on 12/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The term “pluralistic institution” can often seem quite oxymoronic. Pluralism is generally defined as a state where two or more worldviews, groups, or sources of authority can co-exist without much...
Haters and Lies about Judaism & Jews
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Many absurd and dangerous conspiracy theories have intellectual or otherwise benign origins. In the late 1990s a team of British researchers published a paper identifying and arguing for a causal link between...
Jewish Tug Of War
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There are two ways to look at Jewish history and, individually, they are both simultaneously right and wrong. Judaism, for at least the first couple centuries, had a king and high priest who were at the top of...
Don’t Fool Yourself: America IS Truly Exceptional for Jews
Posted on 11/08/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
On a warm Friday morning in 1876, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, arrived in front of the newly built, Washington D.C. based, Adas Israel synagogue for its three hour long dedication...
Arise, Arise, Shake Off Your Dust
Posted on 11/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I was not surprised to turn on my phone and read that 11 Jews had been murdered in cold blood while praying in a synagogue last Shabbat morning. This is not a normative claim, rather a descriptive one. For how...
Church on Sunday
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A casual email forwarded to me by a colleague thrust me into one of the more interesting and stimulating experiences I have had in quite a while. Roughly a month ago, I arrived at Eastside Christian Church, a...