Two Jews, Three Opinions: Social Media as Bully Pulpit
Posted on 05/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
The quip, “Two Jews, Three Opinions” is such a truism that I would guess there’s barely an English-speaking Jew alive who hasn’t heard it. We Jews are an opinionated people. And social...
Shavuot: Holiday of Intermarriage?
Posted on 05/15/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
The vast majority of Jews who study the Hebrew Bible do so, often unknowingly, through the lens of over 2,000 years of rabbinic exegesis and interpretation. The rabbinic layer attempts to smooth over and...
Why Secular Jews Should Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim
Posted on 05/08/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Unlike many liberal American or secular Jews, I will be proudly celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) this year. Let me explain why. Not only is Jerusalem the birthplace of Judaism and the Bible, but it...
Israel Must Act Quickly To Win Back American Jewish Support
Posted on 05/06/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
It is no secret that criticism of Israel has been proliferating from the mainstream American Jewish community over the past couple of years. It seems like every week, there is a new Jewish organization,...
Live And Let Live
Posted on 05/04/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
Recently I attended an event in Jerusalem during which acclaimed Israeli singer David Broza was interviewed. He is known for his very optimistic efforts at creating peace through music. I’m not a real...
A Modest Proposal: Advertise Kosher Restaurants to Muslims
Posted on 04/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Want to keep your kosher restaurant open? Advertise to Muslims. It is no secret that kosher restaurants and businesses outside of Israel struggle to stay open. In my hometown of San Diego, the average life of...
The Alchemy of Tragedy
Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Alchemy is the ancient study of how to change one thing into something else. This past week in Israel was quite an intensely emotional one. This time of year, the State of Israel marks two special days in...
The Power of Praise
Posted on 04/22/2018 by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in Beliefs and Practices
From time to time couples come to see me before their wedding. Sometimes they ask me whether I have any advice to give them as to how to make their marriage strong. In reply I give them a simple suggestion. It...
Neglecting My Mizrachi Heritage
Posted on 04/20/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
I wasn’t always proud to be a Moroccan Jew. It took me well into my senior year of high school to receive my first Sfaradi and Edot HaMizrach (alternate styles of prayer) siddur, dedicated to my then...
Shame on Us!
Posted on 04/17/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Anyone who has had the privilege of hearing first-hand testimony of the Holocaust understands its fundamental value and importance. The sad truth is that these chances are quickly dwindling and it is our...
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