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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...

#MeToo and the Pursuit of Modesty

Posted on 04/09/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
There can be no denying the significance of the #MeToo movement. It has confronted, and continues to confront, a major problem within our society and, for this, it deserves acknowledgment. What I find somewhat...

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...

From Heresy to Heresy The Case of Uriel da Costa

Posted on 03/17/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Portugal, along with a whole host of sister counties in Christendom, was not an easy place to be Jewish in the late Middle Ages. As the Inquisition spread throughout Europe, Jews were faced with the binary...

When Sephardim Wear Black Hats

Posted on 03/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Perhaps there is no era of Jewish history as hotly debated as the Golden Age in Spain. After the rise and spread of nascent Islam, leading into the subsequent Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the...

Wearing a Kippah in a Non-Kosher Restaurant

Posted on 03/07/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
It’s the classic case. A Jewish man walks into a non-kosher restaurant to grab some food with a friend and inconspicuously slides off his kippah and puts in into his pocket, making sure that no one...

Sacred Space is Safe Space

Posted on 03/06/2018 by Rabbi Alan Yuter in Beliefs and Practices
Question: There is an individual in the community bullying other members of the kehilla, as well as maligning the shul to the public. This individual has been warned to stop but continues to do the...

Does Black Mirror Make The Case For Religion?

Posted on 02/26/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Netflix's Black Mirror is arguably the best television series around right now. Not only is the premise of every one of its stand-alone episodes interesting enough to be its own two hour movie, but Black...
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