Detoxing From Israel
Posted on 06/13/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
On a recent trip to America from our home in Israel, I read a handful of local Jewish publications. I want to tell you about a particular advice column I saw that jolted me. It made me realize how much where a...
How Brave Would I Be - Wearing a Kippah in Germany
Posted on 06/11/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I have had a safer, more privileged, unconfined, and all around freer upbringing than any previous Jewish generation before me. As someone who is obsessed with Jewish history, learning the ins and outs of the...
Counterpoint: The Traditional Jewish View of Moshiach
Posted on 06/05/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
In a recent post, fellow Jewish Values Online blogger Moshe Daniel Levine echoed the liberal Jewish perspective that there will never be a Messianic figure. He wrote that, “The liberal Jewish community...
Sinai – The Binding of Belief and Knowledge
Posted on 06/05/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
One of the difficulties in approaching the Biblical text is that it describes realities that are vastly different than our own. It describes occurrences which are beyond our comprehension. This further...
The Importance of the Messiah is That He is Never Coming
Posted on 06/02/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In the late 18th century a small group of European Jews made a radical and heretical claim. There is no Messiah, he isn’t coming. Given that one of the most important articles of faith throughout the...
Appreciating and Acknowledging the source of Human Intelligence
Posted on 06/02/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
When I taught in Jewish Middle and High Schools over the course of more than forty years, I would always make clear to the members of my classes that when I returned a quiz or a test, the results were...
Kvetching for a Cause: The Art of Selfishly Praying for Others
Posted on 05/27/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
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 ״רפאני ה׳ וארפא, הושיעני ואושעה, כי תהלתי אתה״ – ירמיהו יז:יד...
How the Rambam Helped Me Think About Free Will
Posted on 05/21/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
One of the fundamental questions that scholars throughout Jewish history have addressed is the fundamental incompatibility of free will and divine foreknowledge. Put simply, if God knows what we are going to...
The Hidden Tactics of Jews for Jesus
Posted on 05/13/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
In the past few months I have attended two different church services (where I spoke on interfaith panels), spent time researching early Christianity for an article I was writing, wrote an article about...
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