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A Funeral And The Mitzvah Of An Ordinary Jew

Posted on 09/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Do you know this man? His name is Ari Fuld. And yesterday, in front of a grocery store just south of Jerusalem, this Jewish man was murdered by a teenage terrorist with a knife. He was, quite literally,...

What I Did When Someone Wounded Me

Posted on 09/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
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...

We Were Once Strangers in a Strange Land

Posted on 09/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
A young immigrant finds himself quickly rising up the political ladder in the most prosperous country in the world. While his novel economic policies, intellect, and resourcefulness make him a popular figure,...

Interfaith Unity in a Clickbait Reality

Posted on 09/09/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
Jews. Christians. Muslims. These three religious demographics are colloquially known as the monotheistic religions - the notion of whether they are the only truly monotheistic religions is certainly less...

High Holy Days: On Communal Teshuva

Posted on 09/08/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Teshuva -- roughly translated into English as ‘repentance’ but actually involving much, much more -- is fundamental to Jewish thought and life. It is, actually, the very engine of all Jewish...

Bible Sex & Society Today

Posted on 08/31/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Showing up to Synagogue on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, you take your seat and brace yourself for the long service about to transpire. Instinctively, you reach into the pocket of the seat in front of you digging...

How to Say Selichot when You Aren’t Sorry

Posted on 08/20/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD "Son of Man, how can you consider sleep? Rise and call out with cries of repentance.” These lines from the classic Piyut “Ben Adam” mark the beginning of my prescribed guilt...

Can We Please Stop Glorifying Masada

Posted on 08/19/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Few events throughout our internal history have been as nefarious and blatantly anti-Jewish values as the true history and story of Masada. Yet, ironically, it is perhaps for this exact reason that it is often...

This Elul, You Do You

Posted on 08/16/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When Elul rolls around, Jews who are in sync with the Jewish calendar know that our thoughts turn to teshuva – repentance. That’s a heavy topic. REPENTANCE. It calls up images of falling to...

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...
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