Jewish Values Online Blog Awards 5779
Jewish Values Online, the leading site providing a mix of voices and viewpoints for
multi-denominational Jewish perspectives on moral and ethical questions is delighted to announce the selection of the best blog entries posted for 5779.
First Quarter 5779

Feeling Deep Compassion for the Oppressed

Posted on 12/02/2018 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler
A particularly moving paragraph that is recited by the entire congregation of pray-ers as part of the Shacharit (morning) services on Mondays and Thursdays, before the Tora is returned to the Ark, describes... 

Why Be Jewish?

Posted on 11/29/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht
Defining the Question Why be Jewish? It seems to be a simple, straightforward question, often employed to begin a presentation on the accolades and benefits in choosing to be a Jew.

What I Did When Someone Wounded Me

Posted on 09/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler
Recently, someone took a pretty enormous swipe at me online, accusing me of a serious breach of trust and of causing irreparable harm. The facts cited and the accusations posited are entirely false. The things... 
Second Quarter 5779

No One Should Feel Alone

Posted on 03/05/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler
When a person engages in prayer, it seems to me that it is very important for him/her to personalize the prayers as much as possible. The goal is to make the statements and supplications your own, even if...

Why On Books, Money and Jewish Women

Posted on 02/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler
This is a true story about an honest Jewish teenager. And about how Torah guidelines contribute to a more civilized society. Many years ago, from my personal interest in the topic and, okay… I admit it,....

What's Jewish About Pi Day?

Posted on 03/14/2019 by Marcia Goldlist
Pi Day is celebrated on the 14th day of the third month because pi equals 3.14. (The three corresponds to the third month which is March and the .14 relates to the 14th day.) Really pi equals 3.1415926535 and... 
Third Quarter 5779

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
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...

Kvetching for a Cause: The Art of Selfishly Praying for Others

Posted on 05/27/2019 by Jacob Schwartz
B”SD “Heal me Hashem, and I will he healed; save me Hashem, and I will be saved, for You are my prayer.” - Jeremiah 17:14 , , – :...

“Reverse Anthropomorphism”

Posted on 04/07/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler
A Talmudic passage describing God in a dialectical manner. At the end of each Shabbat, a lengthy prayer, beginning with the words, “VaYetein LeCha…” (“And may He Give you…) is...
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National Slow Cooking Month

Posted on 12/31/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
January is National Slow Cooking Month. A slow cooker, also known as a Crock Pot (the way that tissues are known as...

A Halachic View of Freedom of Religion

Posted on 12/24/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
It’s Chanukah time and Jews, around the world, are again celebrating this holiday which is said to mark our...

Why You Should Know the Name of Beatie Deutsch

Posted on 12/20/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
Beatie Deutsch may not be a household name, but she should be. She is a running dynamic who moved to Israel from the United...

I Havent Owned A TV Since 2001

Posted on 12/19/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When I go back to the US for a visit, I am overwhelmed by the ubiquitousness of television in public spaces. I hear it...

When Anti-Semitism Is Inconvenient

Posted on 12/15/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
So it turns out that non-white supremacist anti-Semitism could be deadly in America. Who would have thought? It...

Wright Brothers Day

Posted on 12/15/2019 by Marcia Goldlist in Beliefs and Practices
You may wonder what you can do in just twelve seconds. Could you make history? Could you even make dinner in that amount of...
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