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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...

The Temple & the Future of Judaism

Posted on 10/21/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
An hour before sunrise Shabbat morning Eli woke up with a mixture of nervousness and excitement about the upcoming day. Tip-toeing across the house to avoid waking his young children, he grabbed his towel and...

Elokeynu Echad - Yes! – But Judaism as the source of Monotheism – NOT!

Posted on 10/04/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A common refrain tells us that Judaism was the first monotheistic religion and that our ancestors were the first to “discover” that there is one God. There are several reasons why this statement is...

We Were Once Strangers in a Strange Land

Posted on 09/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
A young immigrant finds himself quickly rising up the political ladder in the most prosperous country in the world. While his novel economic policies, intellect, and resourcefulness make him a popular figure,...

Bible Sex & Society Today

Posted on 08/31/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Showing up to Synagogue on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, you take your seat and brace yourself for the long service about to transpire. Instinctively, you reach into the pocket of the seat in front of you digging...

Can We Please Stop Glorifying Masada

Posted on 08/19/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Few events throughout our internal history have been as nefarious and blatantly anti-Jewish values as the true history and story of Masada. Yet, ironically, it is perhaps for this exact reason that it is often...

I Guess They Think All Jews Are From Europe

Posted on 08/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
A mixture of a California wildfire forcing an early end to a camping trip, Los Angeles afternoon traffic, and a wrong turn off the 405 freeway brought me and a friend on a serendipitous visit to the Skirball...
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