Sukkot - Jewish Fountain of Youth?
Posted on 10/03/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
The holiday of Sukkot is the holiday of happiness. Literally - when we recite the prayers for the holiday we constantly refer to it as “Zman Simchatenu” - the time of our happiness. I could go...
Interfaith Unity in a Clickbait Reality
Posted on 09/09/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
Jews. Christians. Muslims. These three religious demographics are colloquially known as the monotheistic religions - the notion of whether they are the only truly monotheistic religions is certainly less...
How to Say Selichot when You Aren’t Sorry
Posted on 08/20/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD "Son of Man, how can you consider sleep? Rise and call out with cries of repentance.” These lines from the classic Piyut “Ben Adam” mark the beginning of my prescribed guilt...
How I made Yeridah and Stayed Israeli
Posted on 07/24/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Israel
“What?! You’re from California?! Why on earth are you here?!?!” Six years later and these words are still ringing in my head. Six years since my idealistically driven, impulsively motivated...
A Jewish Perspective on the Immigration Crisis
Posted on 07/11/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
Any of us who have been on the Internet at all during the last month or so have surely seen the countless articles, video clips, photos, and sound bytes calling out the grotesque actions of ICE at the Mexican...
Is Cyberbullying Sinat Chinam?
Posted on 06/17/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
Thank God for the Internet. Really, though. As the internet has grown to occupy center stage in the average individual’s private life, the advantages it provides to the global Jewish community have...
Neglecting My Mizrachi Heritage
Posted on 04/20/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
I wasn’t always proud to be a Moroccan Jew. It took me well into my senior year of high school to receive my first Sfaradi and Edot HaMizrach (alternate styles of prayer) siddur, dedicated to my then...
How Do We Get Millennials Back To Shul?
Posted on 03/22/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
Picture this. Your 17-year-old son has just come home from school on a Friday afternoon. As you begin to pester him about getting ready for shul, he informs you that he’ll be missing Shabbat tonight in...