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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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