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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...

The History and Paradox of Anti-Semitism

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
People hate Jews. This is not a radical or innovative statement. It’s a reality that all students of Jewish history and contemporary Jews understand on one level or another. Nor is the statement that...

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...

The Inconsistency, Ignorance, and Irrationality of Far-Left’s Anti-Semitism

Posted on 03/25/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
An obscure Midrash (rabbinic commentary), commenting on the name “Mount Sinai,” writes the following: What is the reason for the name Har Sinai? Because from it hatred (Sina in Hebrew) descended...

Early Zionists, Purim, and Cultural Appropriation

Posted on 03/20/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
As Purim rolls around Jews worldwide begin to pick out their costumes for the day long festival. Of course, like every other costume wearing occasion, we can expect the normal communal conversation over what...

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...

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...

How a 19th Century Jewish Russian Organization Helped me Recognize my Privilege

Posted on 02/18/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
I don’t remember his name but he must have been around thirty years old. “To whom it may concern”, I started the letter, trying to sound all official. Then I erased it. “To the Los...

No, Zionism has Nothing to do with Religion

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
If you were to step back in time into early-nineteenth century European Jewry and told people that in about a century their descendants would enjoy political autonomy in their ancient homeland of Israel you...

Drinking from the Dead Sea & Israeli-Palestinan Peace

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Imagine taking a trip to the Dead Sea, swimming about a couple of yards out, bending over, and drinking a nice gulp of water straight from the source. No this is not a death wish or a really stupid dare,...
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