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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...

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,...

Controlling One’s 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...

The Temple & the Future of Judaism

Posted on 10/21/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
An hour before sunrise Shabbat morning Eli woke up with a mixture of nervousness and excitement about the upcoming day. Tip-toeing across the house to avoid waking his young children, he grabbed his towel and...

Saying Kaddish for My Mother

Posted on 10/07/2018 by Guest Blogger in Beliefs and Practices
By Rivka Tibber (Rivka Leah bat Esther Rachel) Saying kaddish (Jewish memorial prayer) for my Mom z"l (of blessed memory) has been a very personal and communal journey. My Mom was diagnosed with a...

Elokeynu Echad - Yes! – But Judaism as the source of Monotheism – NOT!

Posted on 10/04/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
A common refrain tells us that Judaism was the first monotheistic religion and that our ancestors were the first to “discover” that there is one God. There are several reasons why this statement is...

How to Say Selichot when You Aren’t Sorry

Posted on 08/20/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD "Son of Man, how can you consider sleep? Rise and call out with cries of repentance.” These lines from the classic Piyut “Ben Adam” mark the beginning of my prescribed guilt...

As a Homeless Man Sleeps in Jerusalem

Posted on 08/03/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Wandering through the streets of Jerusalem on a summer afternoon one can’t help but feel a deep sense of pride in the Jewish people. Somehow, after thousands of years of exile, we have returned to our...
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