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A Jew at the Rave?

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD It’s a dark and stormy night. I get out of a car somewhere off a highway exit at the mouth of a national park. I’m accompanied by a man that would be considered, by most perfectly normal...

Secret Jewish Druggies

Posted on 01/07/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Health
[Ed Note: This entry to the Jewis Values Online blog addresses some difficult and troubling issues, from a rather personal perspective. The reader is hereby warned. The contents are as written by the author....

Confronting the Black Hebrew Israelites - Anti-Semitic Hate Group Disguising Itself as a Jewish Sect

Posted on 12/19/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
I remember that night about as clearly as the day I was kicked out of my first Yeshiva. I’ve always been fascinated by my terminally forgetful mind’s tendency to randomly commit to memory the most...

Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, Both, or Neither

Posted on 12/02/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SDAnti-Zionism is not inherently anti-Semitic. If you don’t agree with that sentiment, you may want to open another tab right now. This article will address what I understand to be the nuanced...

Campus Anti-Semitism: The Low-Down on Wearing a Kippah at UC Berkeley

Posted on 10/11/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
I am a Kippah wearing Orthodox Jew at UC Berkeley and I am not afraid. I am one of 2 undergraduate students who regularly wear a Kippah around UC Berkeley. 2 out of 40,000 undergraduate students. I made the...

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...
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