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This Elul, You Do You

Posted on 08/16/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
When Elul rolls around, Jews who are in sync with the Jewish calendar know that our thoughts turn to teshuva – repentance. That’s a heavy topic. REPENTANCE. It calls up images of falling to...

I Guess They Think All Jews Are From Europe

Posted on 08/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Israel
A mixture of a California wildfire forcing an early end to a camping trip, Los Angeles afternoon traffic, and a wrong turn off the 405 freeway brought me and a friend on a serendipitous visit to the Skirball...

Repairing The World With Israeli Ingenuity

Posted on 08/07/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Reviews
I used to think that being Or LaGoyim, a light unto the nations meant that, if the Jews would create a perfect society, the rest of the world would look on with admiration and want to emulate it. In my...

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...

What A 6 Year-Old Got Right

Posted on 07/29/2018 by Rabbi Elan Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Since coming to Israel eight years ago, I’ve done a lot of personal counseling in the Jerusalem area. As a synagogue rabbi in the US, I did a lot of counseling during the Shabbat morning kiddush, which...

What the Birthright Walkouts Really Accomplish

Posted on 07/29/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
In the early 12th century, a wealthy Spanish Jew left the dinner table early to the dismay of his wife and young daughter. They watched as he slowly put down his eating utensils, tucked in his chair, and left...

How I made Yeridah and Stayed Israeli

Posted on 07/24/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Israel
“What?! You’re from California?! Why on earth are you here?!?!” Six years later and these words are still ringing in my head. Six years since my idealistically driven, impulsively motivated...

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...
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