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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...

SIN AT THE DOOR, SINAI AT HEAVENS GATE: A TEACHING FOR SHAVUOT.

Posted on 06/02/2019 by Rabbi Dan Ornstein in Holidays
Here is one part of the Torah’s aching narrative about what Elie Wiesel called the world’s first genocide: In the course of time, Cain brought an offering to God from the fruit of the soil; and...

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 , , – :...

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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