Finding Your Own Way in Judaism
Posted on 06/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
A few nights ago, my husband and I went to see the Jerusalem production of Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rockstar Rabbi. Soul Doctor is a Broadway musical that tells the life story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. You...
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...
Pay it Forward
Posted on 06/11/2018 by Reesa Stone in Beliefs and Practices
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. - John Bunyan Be kind whenever possible. It's always possible- the Dalai Lama Today started like any other day. I...
Why Do We Sacrifice Animals?
Posted on 06/06/2018 by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in Beliefs and Practices
The laws of sacrifices that dominate the early chapters of the book of Leviticus, are among the hardest in the Torah to relate to in the present. It has been almost 2,000 years since the Temple was destroyed...
Two Jews, Three Opinions: Social Media as Bully Pulpit
Posted on 05/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
The quip, “Two Jews, Three Opinions” is such a truism that I would guess there’s barely an English-speaking Jew alive who hasn’t heard it. We Jews are an opinionated people. And social...
A Modest Proposal: Advertise Kosher Restaurants to Muslims
Posted on 04/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Want to keep your kosher restaurant open? Advertise to Muslims. It is no secret that kosher restaurants and businesses outside of Israel struggle to stay open. In my hometown of San Diego, the average life of...
The Power of Praise
Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in Beliefs and Practices
From time to time couples come to see me before their wedding. Sometimes they ask me whether I have any advice to give them as to how to make their marriage strong. In reply I give them a simple suggestion. It...
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...
Shame on Us!
Posted on 04/17/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Anyone who has had the privilege of hearing first-hand testimony of the Holocaust understands its fundamental value and importance. The sad truth is that these chances are quickly dwindling and it is our...
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