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I Guess They Think All Jews Are From Europe

Posted on 08/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
A mixture of a California wildfire forcing an early end to a camping trip, Los Angeles afternoon traffic, and a wrong turn off the 405 freeway brought me and a friend on a serendipitous visit to the Skirball...

As a Homeless Man Sleeps in Jerusalem

Posted on 08/03/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Wandering through the streets of Jerusalem on a summer afternoon one can’t help but feel a deep sense of pride in the Jewish people. Somehow, after thousands of years of exile, we have returned to our...

What the Birthright Walkouts Really Accomplish

Posted on 07/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
In the early 12th century, a wealthy Spanish Jew left the dinner table early to the dismay of his wife and young daughter. They watched as he slowly put down his eating utensils, tucked in his chair, and left...

The Bible and Political Arguments

Posted on 07/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Last week I was sitting in a coffee shop talking about the politics surrounding the Israeli city of Hebron. One of the people at the table, not a particularly religious individual, spoke up and said something...

When Bigots Run for Office....

Posted on 07/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Initially, Judaism was never meant to be a religion disconnected from a land. The early prophets, priests, temple, Kings, and Bible all arose in the land of Israel between the 9th and 6th century BCE, and none...

The Hebrew Bible's Radically Feminist Beginnings

Posted on 06/20/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I came up with the idea for this article in a coffee shop this past week. As I created a rough outline and began to collect my thoughts, a friend, who happened to see the title to this article, turned to me...

Anti-Reductionism: A Critique of The Liberal American Jewish Community

Posted on 06/14/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
For those of you who frequently read my writing you understand that I am never hesitant to criticize Orthodox Judaism. Given that my entry into the Jewish blogging world was sparked by my initial...

Shavuot: Holiday of Intermarriage?

Posted on 05/15/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
The vast majority of Jews who study the Hebrew Bible do so, often unknowingly, through the lens of over 2,000 years of rabbinic exegesis and interpretation. The rabbinic layer attempts to smooth over and...

Why Secular Jews Should Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim

Posted on 05/08/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Unlike many liberal American or secular Jews, I will be proudly celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) this year. Let me explain why. Not only is Jerusalem the birthplace of Judaism and the Bible, but it...

Israel Must Act Quickly To Win Back American Jewish Support

Posted on 05/06/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
It is no secret that criticism of Israel has been proliferating from the mainstream American Jewish community over the past couple of years. It seems like every week, there is a new Jewish organization,...
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