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Your Anti-Zionism is quite possibly Anti-Semitic

Posted on 01/16/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
High on the list of ironies surrounding anti-Israel organizations is their vocal criticism of the way that Israel has historically treated the influx of Mizrahi Jews into the country. Now don’t get me...

Secret Jewish Druggies

Posted on 01/07/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Health
[Ed Note: This entry to the Jewis Values Online blog addresses some difficult and troubling issues, from a rather personal perspective. The reader is hereby warned. The contents are as written by the author....

Why Be Jewish? [Part 2] The Forces Within and the Forces Without

Posted on 01/03/2019 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Beliefs and Practices
In our opening discussion on this topic (please see Why Be Jewish? - Defining the Question), we raised the issue that, while defining oneself as Jewish indicates that one is a member of a certain grouping,...

Yes, You Can Be A Jewish Atheist

Posted on 01/03/2019 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
To say that Judaism is a religion is to misunderstand two things. First, the term “religion” is a new word coined in the post-Enlightenment era, with no parallel or synonyms in any ancient...

Prayer as a Form of Wishes

Posted on 01/03/2019 by Rabbi Yaakov Bieler in Beliefs and Practices
January 2019For a curriculum that I created many years ago concerning Jewish identity, I proposed that one can draw significant lessons regarding the aspirations of various cultures by closely reading their...

A Biblical Commentary for Rationalists

Posted on 01/02/2019 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
"an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot" - Shemot (Exodus) 21:24 Along with co-author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Dennis Prager, author and syndicated radio talk...

Check Your Theological Privilege

Posted on 12/24/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Nahum was an optimistic man of simple faith. No matter what life threw at him, or how bad things got, he would always respond with the maxim “this too is for the good”. Eventually his friends...

Confronting the Black Hebrew Israelites - Anti-Semitic Hate Group Disguising Itself as a Jewish Sect

Posted on 12/19/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
I remember that night about as clearly as the day I was kicked out of my first Yeshiva. I’ve always been fascinated by my terminally forgetful mind’s tendency to randomly commit to memory the most...

We Wish You A Merry Christmas... or not

Posted on 12/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Last week, I got an email from a company I did some business with on behalf of a Jewish client earlier this year. The email included a Merry Christmas greeting. In truth, since I moved to Israel, I don’t...

Being A Jewish Educator Is A Lifestyle Choice

Posted on 12/16/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
1:23 am on a Saturday night I receive a work text waking me up from my hard earned sleep after a long night hike up a mountain ridge out by Palm Desert. Unzipping the top half of my sleeping bag to uncover my...
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