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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,...

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...

Being Charged to Address the Needs of Others

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
The Talmud views the centrality of Psalm 145 in Jewish liturgy as something extremely spiritually vibrant. Berachot 4aR. Eleazar b. Avina says: Whoever recites (the psalm beginning with the words)...

The Warmth of Human Kindness

Posted on 02/06/2019 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
Reflections on a woman’s small act of kindness that changed the course of Rav Shach’s life, as well as the course of Jewish history.When Rav Shach was already a very old man, he asked his assistant...

Non-Jews Doing Jewish

Posted on 01/29/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I grew up on a street in suburban New York that was populated almost exclusively by Jewish families and Catholic families. I used to think that there was a clear delineation between Jewish things (like Shabbat...

Sorry Ben Shapiro, Judaism Doesn’t Care about Your Feelings

Posted on 01/24/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Do you listen to Ben Shapiro?” I guess it’s the kippah. I wear one, he wears one, so I must listen to him. Maybe I even know him personally. After all, don’t all kippah-wearing folks...

Things Judaism Has Taught Me About Life

Posted on 01/23/2019 by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in Beliefs and Practices
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks just released a six-minute video in which he shares dozens of lessons he's learned from Judaism. The video is filled with brief statements and amusing animations.Interestingly, he...

Why Be Jewish? [Part 2] The Forces Within and the Forces Without

Posted on 01/03/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
In our opening discussion on this topic (please see Why Be Jewish? - Defining the Question), we raised the issue that, while defining oneself as Jewish indicates that one is a member of a certain grouping,...

Yes, You Can Be A Jewish Atheist

Posted on 01/03/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
To say that Judaism is a religion is to misunderstand two things. First, the term “religion” is a new word coined in the post-Enlightenment era, with no parallel or synonyms in any ancient...

Prayer as a Form of Wishes

Posted on 01/03/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
January 2019For a curriculum that I created many years ago concerning Jewish identity, I proposed that one can draw significant lessons regarding the aspirations of various cultures by closely reading their...
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