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Meritocracy or Not?

Posted on 04/17/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Many of the fierce debates within our current political atmosphere could be reduced to a very simple and fundamental question: Do you believe that our society is a meritocracy or not? A meritocracy is the idea...

BLAMING CAIN: AN EXAMINATION OF THE JEWISH CONCEPT OF JUDGING L’KHAF ZEKHUT (Benefit of the doubt)

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Rabbi Dan Ornstein in Beliefs and Practices
Here is an ancient legend about Cain and Abel, which I’ve embellished: The fourteenth of Nisan, Passover eve, was quickly ending in nightfall. Adam the first man, wasn’t looking up at the sky, he...

“Reverse Anthropomorphism”

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
A Talmudic passage describing God in a dialectical manner. At the end of each Shabbat, a lengthy prayer, beginning with the words, “VaYetein LeCha…” (“And may He Give you…) is...

So You Have a Jewish Father: A Guide to When Dad is Jewish but Mom is not

Posted on 04/05/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
So you have a Jewish father. You may identify as Jewish. And you may not. You might say that you are half Jewish, or you could just be confused. Any of these answers are completely understandable. You may have...

Finding Simchat Adar in Sefer Vayikra

Posted on 04/05/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
In this happiest month of the Jewish calendar, the month of Adar (well, second Adar, to be specific), we begin the third book of the Torah - Vayikra, or Leviticus. The Sages tell us that “when we enter...

The Talmud is the Jewish New Testament

Posted on 03/07/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
High on the list of common religious misconceptions is the idea that Judaism (based off the “Old Testament”) is a ruthless, merciless, and punishing tradition while Christianity (based off the New...

No One Should Feel Alone

Posted on 03/05/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
When a person engages in prayer, it seems to me that it is very important for him/her to personalize the prayers as much as possible. The goal is to make the statements and supplications your own, even if...

Dressing Like a Jew

Posted on 02/28/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD The Invisible Jew In a mix and match society like America, who must the invisible Jew imitate? The feudal system of Poland made it simple - we would like to blend in with the business class, the...

Extremist Judaism – One of the Biggest Threats to Israel

Posted on 02/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In the late nineteenth century, as a nascent movement to create a Jewish state in the ancient homeland of Israel was being whispered about throughout European Jewish communities, Orthodox rabbis were the first...

On Books, Money and Jewish Women

Posted on 02/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
This is a true story about an honest Jewish teenager. And about how Torah guidelines contribute to a more civilized society. Many years ago, from my personal interest in the topic and, okay… I admit it,...
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