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On Books, Money and Jewish Women

Posted on 02/11/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
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,...

No, Zionism has Nothing to do with Religion

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
If you were to step back in time into early-nineteenth century European Jewry and told people that in about a century their descendants would enjoy political autonomy in their ancient homeland of Israel you...

A Jew at the Rave?

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD It’s a dark and stormy night. I get out of a car somewhere off a highway exit at the mouth of a national park. I’m accompanied by a man that would be considered, by most perfectly normal...

Drinking from the Dead Sea & Israeli-Palestinan Peace

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Imagine taking a trip to the Dead Sea, swimming about a couple of yards out, bending over, and drinking a nice gulp of water straight from the source. No this is not a death wish or a really stupid dare,...

Being Charged to Address the Needs of Others

Posted on 02/10/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
The Talmud views the centrality of Psalm 145 in Jewish liturgy as something extremely spiritually vibrant. Berachot 4aR. Eleazar b. Avina says: Whoever recites (the psalm beginning with the words)...

The Warmth of Human Kindness

Posted on 02/06/2019 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
Reflections on a woman’s small act of kindness that changed the course of Rav Shach’s life, as well as the course of Jewish history.When Rav Shach was already a very old man, he asked his assistant...

From Jasper, Indiana to Jerusalem: One Woman’s Search For God

Posted on 02/04/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
How many kinds of Jews are there in the world? Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews, Reconstructionist Jews, Reform Jews, Secular Jews and Humanist Jews. Sefardi Jews and Ashkenazi Jews. Zionist Jews and...

Non-Jews Doing Jewish

Posted on 01/29/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
I grew up on a street in suburban New York that was populated almost exclusively by Jewish families and Catholic families. I used to think that there was a clear delineation between Jewish things (like Shabbat...

Sorry Ben Shapiro, Judaism Doesn’t Care about Your Feelings

Posted on 01/24/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Do you listen to Ben Shapiro?” I guess it’s the kippah. I wear one, he wears one, so I must listen to him. Maybe I even know him personally. After all, don’t all kippah-wearing folks...

Things Judaism Has Taught Me About Life

Posted on 01/23/2019 by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in Beliefs and Practices
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks just released a six-minute video in which he shares dozens of lessons he's learned from Judaism. The video is filled with brief statements and amusing animations.Interestingly, he...
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