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Jewish Practice and Abolishment of Human Sacrifice

Posted on 11/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Right outside of the southern wall of the old city of Jerusalem lies a deep valley known as the Valley of Hinnom (Gei Hinnom) or Gehenna. Today as one walks through modern Jerusalem, coming across the Valley...

Explaining Eden- The Deep Philosophical Truth at the Beginning of the Torah

Posted on 10/27/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Man’s banishment from Eden serves as a prologue to the Torah and therefore, by extension, to Judaism as a system of ideas and practice. A mythical story that truly sets up the epistemological background...

An Introduction to the Talmud_Part 3_Tips for Starting Your Talmudic Journey

Posted on 10/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
This is part three in a series: An Introduction to the Talmud. For part 1 click here. For part 2 click here. There is a famous story in the Talmud of a young and poor Hillel who wanted to learn Torah but was...

History, Memory, and Sukkot

Posted on 10/17/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
One of the central dialectics within Judaism is the interplay between history (what actually happened) and memory (what events are embedded into our national consciousness). It is clear that the historical...

Justin Trudeau did T'Shuvah

Posted on 10/06/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
In a few day’s time millions of Jews will gather in synagogues across the globe praying for forgiveness. We have sinned throughout the year. Sinned against God. Sinned against our fellow humans. And...

An Introduction to the Talmud - Part 2 - What Is In the Talmud?

Posted on 10/02/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
This is part two in a series: An Introduction to the Talmud. For part 1 click here What is the earliest time in the evening to say the nightly prayer of Shema? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did...

An Introduction to the Talmud - Part 1 History

Posted on 09/26/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Where does the Talmud start?” she asked. “What?” I responded, asking her to clarify the question. “Are you talking about the historical context, geographical, temporal,...

Punishing children for their parents’ sins

Posted on 09/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
You know the story. The Jews are waiting down at the base of Mt. Sinai for Moshe to bring down the tablets. The people become anxious - seemingly losing faith in Moshe’s promise to return - and build a...

Re-Analyzing the Biblical Law Against Homosexuality

Posted on 09/09/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
This is going to be a long article - probably double the length of my normal writings. The issue of homosexuality in the Torah is an important and difficult one, as we need not look far to witness the immense...

Racism, Ethiopian Jewry, and the Red Sea Diving Resort

Posted on 09/01/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The critics are correct. Netflix’s new movie The Red Sea Diving Resort about the covert Israeli mission to rescue thousands of Jewish Ethiopian refugees is predictable, generic, and all around much less...
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