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Rabbinic Malpractice and the Moral Duty of an Educator

Posted on 02/14/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In a recent blog post written anonymously for the thetorah.com, a high school student relates his rabbi’s reaction upon discovering that his student was reading a book about Biblical criticism. The...

A Surprising Jewish Lesson From This Is Us

Posted on 02/06/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Regular viewers of the NBC show This Is Us are familiar with the series’ frequent use of the dramatic technique of switching back and forth between the past and the present. In the present, the three...

Starbucks and Anti-Semitism

Posted on 02/05/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There is a curious thing that happens in coffee shops. People sit around the room, typing away at their laptops and then someone needs to get up to use the bathroom. But it would be super inconvenient to have...

The Uphill Battle of Teaching Orthodox Judaism

Posted on 01/30/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
I read with great interest the JVO blog posting from Moshe Daniel Levine entitled The Uphill Battle of Teaching Liberal Judaism and found myself agreeing with many of his points. In many ways, I found him...

Why Do The Jews Not Believe In Jesus?

Posted on 01/28/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Why do the Jews not believe in Jesus?” Unsurprisingly, this is a question that I receive quite often whenever talking about religion. From college campuses to coffee shops all the way to...

Does Morality Trump Religion?

Posted on 01/18/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
God comes to you and tells you to sacrifice your son. Or maybe that was a dream. But you are pretty sure that you were awake. You think. The last couple of times God had promised or told you something it...

Did Trefa Banquet 2.0 Go Too Far?

Posted on 01/11/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
When it comes to rabbinic literature, there is no dearth of statements that bring out a mixture of confusion, wonderment and excitement. The rabbis, in creating a vastly new form of Judaism, were clearly not...

Exodus: The Story of a Family

Posted on 01/07/2018 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
Every good story has a beginning, middle and an end. The Biblical book of Exodus is no exception. While most of us know parts of the story, or even read along during Torah reading in synagogue, it is quite...

Making God Real

Posted on 01/03/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When I was younger, God was pretty irrelevant to me. I had no relationship with God and couldn’t have told you whether or not I believed there was a power greater than humanity running the world. Today,...

Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Taboo

Posted on 01/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The modern Jewish community is an extremely introspective group that is seemingly willing to question everything. Want to question the Bible? What took you so long?! Want to question God? Join the club....
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