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How Brave Would I Be - Wearing a Kippah in Germany

Posted on 06/11/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I have had a safer, more privileged, unconfined, and all around freer upbringing than any previous Jewish generation before me. As someone who is obsessed with Jewish history, learning the ins and outs of the...

Counterpoint: The Traditional Jewish View of Moshiach

Posted on 06/05/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
In a recent post, fellow Jewish Values Online blogger Moshe Daniel Levine echoed the liberal Jewish perspective that there will never be a Messianic figure. He wrote that, “The liberal Jewish community...

The Importance of the Messiah is That He is Never Coming

Posted on 06/02/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In the late 18th century a small group of European Jews made a radical and heretical claim. There is no Messiah, he isn’t coming. Given that one of the most important articles of faith throughout the...

Appreciating and Acknowledging the source of Human Intelligence

Posted on 06/02/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
When I taught in Jewish Middle and High Schools over the course of more than forty years, I would always make clear to the members of my classes that when I returned a quiz or a test, the results were...

Kvetching for a Cause: The Art of Selfishly Praying for Others

Posted on 05/27/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD “Heal me Hashem, and I will he healed; save me Hashem, and I will be saved, for You are my prayer.” - Jeremiah 17:14 ״רפאני ה׳ וארפא, הושיעני ואושעה, כי תהלתי אתה״ – ירמיהו יז:יד...

How the Rambam Helped Me Think About Free Will

Posted on 05/21/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
One of the fundamental questions that scholars throughout Jewish history have addressed is the fundamental incompatibility of free will and divine foreknowledge. Put simply, if God knows what we are going to...

The Best and Most Important Television Show You Have Never Heard Of

Posted on 05/09/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
While I am by no means a big television watcher, this has been an exceptional time for fans of Israeli TV. Shows like Fauda and Shtisel (both on Netflix) allow audiences to get a glimpse of what life is like...

“Peace” as a Key Jewish Value

Posted on 05/09/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
Some are presently contending that Judaism in general, and the Jewish people in particular, in their pursuit of autonomy, respect in the eyes of the world, and an independent state, are overly militant and...

Counting Our Blessings as We Mourn

Posted on 05/02/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD Since the shooting last Shabbat, there has been much mourning among the Jewish people - mourning for the loss of the beloved Lori Kaye, may the memory of this Tzadeket (righteous woman) be for a...

Why Be Jewish? (Part 3) -- Roots and Beyond

Posted on 05/02/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
In our opening discussions on this topic (please see Why Be Jewish? - Defining the Question and Why Be Jewish? - The Forces Within and the Forces Without), we effectively described the tension that exists...
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