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Hanukkah: The Jewish Christmas

Posted on 12/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
“Happy Hanukkah!” I have begun to hear these words with increased frequency as I go about my daily schedule. This tells me Christmas is coming up. As I have spent my entire life wearing a kippah...

Why Lies About Israel Are Surprisingly Effective

Posted on 11/30/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I’m going to tell you a few lies: Halley’s Comet will be visible the first week in March, 2018. 91% of people who had college degrees voted for Hillary Clinton during the last American election....

No More Free Passes

Posted on 11/27/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A couple months ago Sam Harris, the prolific neuroscientist, author, and philosopher was featured in an intense debate with the creator of the Dilbert comics and vocal Trump supporter Scott Adams. The debate...

Has Postmodernism Redefined Jewish History?

Posted on 11/14/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Public trust of academics in the Humanities seems to be spiraling downward as many individuals are growing increasingly skeptical of the methodology that many of these fields employ. We could discuss the...

Does This Offend You?

Posted on 11/08/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
Imagine opening up your door to greet some trick-or-treaters on Halloween night or showing up to synagogue on Purim evening and seeing a nice 10 year-old girl dressed up as Anne Frank. Well, this is actually a...

Losing One’s Faith and One’s Family

Posted on 10/31/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There are certain points in one’s life where a person needs all the social support they can get, and one of these times is when someone loses their faith. Faith, or any type of religious conviction,...

Do-It-Yourself Kosher

Posted on 10/26/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A little over a month ago, the Israeli Supreme court made an important decision in regards to kashrut in Israel. For years, it was illegal for a restaurant to advertise or even imply that they upheld kosher...

A Jewish Perspective on Columbus Day versus Indigenous People's Day

Posted on 10/20/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Another thing to add to the rampant bipartisanism within America is the debate over Columbus or Indigenous Peoples’ day. Opponents of Columbus Day argue that Columbus was a gold-hungry man who was...

Freedom Is Not Free

Posted on 10/17/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“he shall not bring the people back to Egypt..for the Lord said to you, "You shall not return that way any more." (Deuteronomy 17:16) Week after week, Jews from around the world read the...

On Kneeling, Kippot and National Anthems

Posted on 10/06/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
For the past couple of years, my attention towards the NFL has been steadily decreasing. The games are extremely long with a surprisingly small amount of actual action, and I would generally rather spend my...
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