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The Paradox of Religious Indifference

Posted on 12/12/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I am often bewildered by two opposite trends. On the one hand, I hear from people all the time who are on the periphery of the Jewish community, desperate to get closer. There’s the young man in Kenya...

Women, Wine and Feminine Wiles: A Chanukah Tale

Posted on 12/04/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Every Hebrew School child knows about Yehudah (Judah) HaMaccabee, the Kohen (Jewish priest) who led the Maccabean Revolt against the influence of Hellenism. In many Jewish communities, right next to the...

“Jews” for Jesus? No Way!

Posted on 12/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The term “pluralistic institution” can often seem quite oxymoronic. Pluralism is generally defined as a state where two or more worldviews, groups, or sources of authority can co-exist without much...

Feeling Deep Compassion for the Oppressed

Posted on 12/02/2018 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
A particularly moving paragraph that is recited by the entire congregation of pray-ers as part of the Shacharit (morning) services on Mondays and Thursdays, before the Tora is returned to the Ark, describes...

Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, Both, or Neither

Posted on 12/02/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SDAnti-Zionism is not inherently anti-Semitic. If you don’t agree with that sentiment, you may want to open another tab right now. This article will address what I understand to be the nuanced...

Haters and Lies about Judaism & Jews

Posted on 11/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Many absurd and dangerous conspiracy theories have intellectual or otherwise benign origins. In the late 1990s a team of British researchers published a paper identifying and arguing for a causal link between...

Why Be Jewish?

Posted on 11/29/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
Defining the Question Why be Jewish? It seems to be a simple, straightforward question, often employed to begin a presentation on the accolades and benefits in choosing to be a Jew. The problem is, in the vast...

The Five People You Meet In Dallas

Posted on 11/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
This was originally going to be a blog post about the jarring things I saw on a recent trip to America. Hashem sent my husband and me to Dallas, TX to meet with Christians. After living so long in Israel,...

Jewish Tug Of War

Posted on 11/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There are two ways to look at Jewish history and, individually, they are both simultaneously right and wrong. Judaism, for at least the first couple centuries, had a king and high priest who were at the top of...

My First Time

Posted on 11/09/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
At a recent Shabbat at Kehilla Shir Hadash on Emek in Jerusalem, Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier spoke about what it was like for him to vote for the first time as an Israeli citizen. As we all listened intently, he...
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