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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,...

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...

Your Anti-Zionism is quite possibly Anti-Semitic

Posted on 01/16/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
High on the list of ironies surrounding anti-Israel organizations is their vocal criticism of the way that Israel has historically treated the influx of Mizrahi Jews into the country. Now don’t get me...

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...

Check Your Theological Privilege

Posted on 12/24/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Nahum was an optimistic man of simple faith. No matter what life threw at him, or how bad things got, he would always respond with the maxim “this too is for the good”. Eventually his friends...

Being A Jewish Educator Is A Lifestyle Choice

Posted on 12/16/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
1:23 am on a Saturday night I receive a work text waking me up from my hard earned sleep after a long night hike up a mountain ridge out by Palm Desert. Unzipping the top half of my sleeping bag to uncover my...

“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...

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...

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...
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