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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...

Are We One People?

Posted on 04/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
There's a five-minute video from Shabbat.com making the rounds on social media. I've seen it a number of times on Facebook and on WhatsApp. It features an older, religious Jewish man and a taller,...

#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...

PESACH: Holiday of Healing

Posted on 03/29/2018 by Guest Blogger in Holidays
By Genendy RadoffFor those of us who have been enslaved by physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or sexual abuse, Pesach is our story and the Seder is our guide to healing. At the Seder, we find the answers...

Happy Passover From the Wicked Son

Posted on 03/26/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
For the past 2000 years, my question on Seder night has been misunderstood. And rather than answer me, you tell me that if I had been in Egypt I wouldn’t have been redeemed. But you are missing the...

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...

A Little Story About What Meir Said

Posted on 03/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
A few days ago, my husband and I had just finished a meeting in Kikar HaMusica - Music Square - in Jerusalem with some new friends from Texas. Walking to our car, we stopped in a makolet, a small Israeli...

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...
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