When Sephardim Wear Black Hats
Posted on 03/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Perhaps there is no era of Jewish history as hotly debated as the Golden Age in Spain. After the rise and spread of nascent Islam, leading into the subsequent Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the...
Wearing a Kippah in a Non-Kosher Restaurant
Posted on 03/07/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
It’s the classic case. A Jewish man walks into a non-kosher restaurant to grab some food with a friend and inconspicuously slides off his kippah and puts in into his pocket, making sure that no one...
Sacred Space is Safe Space
Posted on 03/06/2018 by Rabbi Alan Yuter in Beliefs and Practices
Question: There is an individual in the community bullying other members of the kehilla, as well as maligning the shul to the public. This individual has been warned to stop but continues to do the...
A Little Bit of Purim
Posted on 03/04/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
I was home sick and all but missed Purim this year. A friend and neighbor came and read the Megillah for me at home. She did it twice – once in the evening and once again Purim morning.Living where we do...
Not Jewish Enough
Posted on 03/04/2018 by Ruti Eastman in Israel
My friend Elisha wants to come to Israel to study Torah in yeshiva. The trouble is, he can’t get a visa. Is it because he’s black, he asks me? No, I don’t think so. Though his mother and...
The Often Overlooked Message of Purim
Posted on 02/27/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
In many ways, the story of Purim epitomizes the battle of good versus evil. The lines are clearly drawn and we know for whom we should cheer and for whom we should not. That is why its celebration is so...
Does Black Mirror Make The Case For Religion?
Posted on 02/26/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Netflix's Black Mirror is arguably the best television series around right now. Not only is the premise of every one of its stand-alone episodes interesting enough to be its own two hour movie, but Black...
Seeing The Unseen on Purim
Posted on 02/25/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
This past week’s parsha reviews intricate details about the bigdei kehuna, the clothing the Kohanim wore while officiating in the Holy Temple. Our Rabbis have drawn many lessons from the description of...
The Line Between Murder and Closing Your Computer
Posted on 02/25/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
It is pretty safe to say that ethicists, moral philosophers, and ordinary people alike would all agree that if you have a chance to save someone’s life with a relatively low cost to yourself, you should...
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...
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