What Does It Mean To Be A Light To The Nations?
Posted on 02/21/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
The Biblical Prophet Isaiah, who lived almost 3,000 years ago, wrote about a time, far in the future, when all nations would come to recognize the distinct role of the Jewish people.I will appoint you as a...
Does Heaven Exist?
Posted on 02/20/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In its more than 20,000 verses, the Hebrew Bible is absolutely silent in regards to life after death or about Heaven. Bible scholars use this point to argue that the concept of Heaven wasn’t present in...
Rabbinic Malpractice and the Moral Duty of an Educator
Posted on 02/14/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
In a recent blog post written anonymously for the thetorah.com, a high school student relates his rabbi’s reaction upon discovering that his student was reading a book about Biblical criticism. The...
What Do You Do When A Friend's Dvar Torah Offends You?
Posted on 02/12/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
The past week’s parsha (Torah portion), Mishpatim, tells us that because we were strangers in Egypt that we need to welcome those strangers in our midst. And we do. The movement to bring our Ethiopian...
A Surprising Jewish Lesson From This Is Us
Posted on 02/06/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Regular viewers of the NBC show This Is Us are familiar with the series’ frequent use of the dramatic technique of switching back and forth between the past and the present. In the present, the three...
Starbucks and Anti-Semitism
Posted on 02/05/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There is a curious thing that happens in coffee shops. People sit around the room, typing away at their laptops and then someone needs to get up to use the bathroom. But it would be super inconvenient to have...
The Uphill Battle of Teaching Orthodox Judaism
Posted on 01/30/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
I read with great interest the JVO blog posting from Moshe Daniel Levine entitled The Uphill Battle of Teaching Liberal Judaism and found myself agreeing with many of his points. In many ways, I found him...
Why Do The Jews Not Believe In Jesus?
Posted on 01/28/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
“Why do the Jews not believe in Jesus?” Unsurprisingly, this is a question that I receive quite often whenever talking about religion. From college campuses to coffee shops all the way to...
Immigration and the Jews
Posted on 01/24/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
Immigration. Just the word is enough to recall the state of divisiveness and controversy that is the current political reality in today’s world. From the United States and Europe, all the way to Israel...
Searching for God in the Garbage
Posted on 01/21/2018 by Ruti Eastman in Reviews
Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha GoetzW & B Publishers232 pages; $17.99 on Amazon Bracha Goetz has written a remarkable memoir of a Harvard-educated woman, steeped in knowledge about the dangers...
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