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Jewish Tug Of War

Posted on 11/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
There are two ways to look at Jewish history and, individually, they are both simultaneously right and wrong. Judaism, for at least the first couple centuries, had a king and high priest who were at the top of...

My First Time

Posted on 11/09/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
At a recent Shabbat at Kehilla Shir Hadash on Emek in Jerusalem, Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier spoke about what it was like for him to vote for the first time as an Israeli citizen. As we all listened intently, he...

Donít Fool Yourself: America IS Truly Exceptional for Jews

Posted on 11/08/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
On a warm Friday morning in 1876, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, arrived in front of the newly built, Washington D.C. based, Adas Israel synagogue for its three hour long dedication...

Learning From Psalms by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler

Posted on 11/04/2018 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
While Jewish liturgy very much emphasizes God’s various attributes, in the spirit of “imitateo Dei” (learning from God’s macro example to embody, as best we can, Godly behavior on our...

Arise, Arise, Shake Off Your Dust

Posted on 11/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I was not surprised to turn on my phone and read that 11 Jews had been murdered in cold blood while praying in a synagogue last Shabbat morning. This is not a normative claim, rather a descriptive one. For how...

Why The World Needed Yet Another English Translation Of The Torah

Posted on 10/30/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Chances are, you have a translation of the Five Books of Moses on your bookshelf. You may even know that, in Hebrew, it’s called a Chumash, which comes from chamesh, the Hebrew word for five. The...

Belief and Knowledge

Posted on 10/25/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
One of the difficulties in approaching the Biblical text is that it describes realities that are vastly different than our own. For example, when we speak of the truth of God’s Existence, we, generally,...

We Need To Talk

Posted on 10/24/2018 by Irene Rabinowitz in Israel
As a former Diaspora Jew who visited Israel occasionally, I always knew when to keep quiet. I did not live here. I did not have skin in the game, and I surely did not believe that I had a right to tell...

Controlling Oneís Emotions in Order to Become a Better Person -- Yaakov Bieler

Posted on 10/23/2018 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
The “Binding of Isaac” (Genesis 22:1-18) is an iconic event in the Bible, and has transcended its religious context, to become part of the corpus of the classics of Western literature. While it is...

Church on Sunday

Posted on 10/23/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A casual email forwarded to me by a colleague thrust me into one of the more interesting and stimulating experiences I have had in quite a while. Roughly a month ago, I arrived at Eastside Christian Church, a...
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