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The Call of Introspection

Posted on 07/16/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
As the Three Weeks began, I found myself thinking about the movie “The Gladiator” with Russel Crowe. It is, clearly, a film that presents a motif of good versus evil and we are to feel, in a...

The Bible and Political Arguments

Posted on 07/13/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Last week I was sitting in a coffee shop talking about the politics surrounding the Israeli city of Hebron. One of the people at the table, not a particularly religious individual, spoke up and said something...

A Jewish Perspective on the Immigration Crisis

Posted on 07/11/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
Any of us who have been on the Internet at all during the last month or so have surely seen the countless articles, video clips, photos, and sound bytes calling out the grotesque actions of ICE at the Mexican...

The Importance of Jewish Family Traditions

Posted on 07/10/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
When I was a child, my sister and I had two narrow wooden chests of drawers in our shared basement bedroom. I knew they had once belonged to our maternal grandmother and that they had been part of her bedroom...

A Premature Apocalypse

Posted on 07/09/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
Can a novel be a good way to learn about what Jewish tradition teaches about the End of Days and the Final Redemption? Dan Sofer is a novelist living in Tel Aviv. He has written three suspenseful novels, set...

When Bigots Run for Office....

Posted on 07/02/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Initially, Judaism was never meant to be a religion disconnected from a land. The early prophets, priests, temple, Kings, and Bible all arose in the land of Israel between the 9th and 6th century BCE, and none...

What’s a Rabbi to Do?

Posted on 06/28/2018 by JVO Staff in Beliefs and Practices
Ed. Note: This is based on real situations, though all of the identifying facts and the timeframe have been changed to protect the identity of those involved. I am not seeking to raise a legal question in this...

The Hebrew Months of Tamuz and Av for Beginners

Posted on 06/24/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Tonight, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture in Jerusalem delivered by Rabbi Chaim Richman. Rabbi Richman is the International Director of the Temple Institute and he’s spent the past 30 years...

The Hebrew Bible's Radically Feminist Beginnings

Posted on 06/20/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
I came up with the idea for this article in a coffee shop this past week. As I created a rough outline and began to collect my thoughts, a friend, who happened to see the title to this article, turned to me...

Finding Your Own Way in Judaism

Posted on 06/18/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
A few nights ago, my husband and I went to see the Jerusalem production of Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rockstar Rabbi. Soul Doctor is a Broadway musical that tells the life story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. You...
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