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Campus Anti-Semitism: The Low-Down on Wearing a Kippah at UC Berkeley

Posted on 10/11/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
I am a Kippah wearing Orthodox Jew at UC Berkeley and I am not afraid. I am one of 2 undergraduate students who regularly wear a Kippah around UC Berkeley. 2 out of 40,000 undergraduate students. I made the...

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...

Sukkot - Jewish Fountain of Youth?

Posted on 10/03/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
The holiday of Sukkot is the holiday of happiness. Literally - when we recite the prayers for the holiday we constantly refer to it as “Zman Simchatenu” - the time of our happiness. I could go...

A Funeral And The Mitzvah Of An Ordinary Jew

Posted on 09/17/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Israel
Do you know this man? His name is Ari Fuld. And yesterday, in front of a grocery store just south of Jerusalem, this Jewish man was murdered by a teenage terrorist with a knife. He was, quite literally,...

What I Did When Someone Wounded Me

Posted on 09/13/2018 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
Recently, someone took a pretty enormous swipe at me online, accusing me of a serious breach of trust and of causing irreparable harm. The facts cited and the accusations posited are entirely false. The things...

We Were Once Strangers in a Strange Land

Posted on 09/09/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
A young immigrant finds himself quickly rising up the political ladder in the most prosperous country in the world. While his novel economic policies, intellect, and resourcefulness make him a popular figure,...

Interfaith Unity in a Clickbait Reality

Posted on 09/09/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in News & Updates
Jews. Christians. Muslims. These three religious demographics are colloquially known as the monotheistic religions - the notion of whether they are the only truly monotheistic religions is certainly less...

High Holy Days: On Communal Teshuva

Posted on 09/08/2018 by Rabbi Ben Hecht in Holidays
Teshuva -- roughly translated into English as ‘repentance’ but actually involving much, much more -- is fundamental to Jewish thought and life. It is, actually, the very engine of all Jewish...

Bible Sex & Society Today

Posted on 08/31/2018 by Moshe Daniel Levine in News & Updates
Showing up to Synagogue on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, you take your seat and brace yourself for the long service about to transpire. Instinctively, you reach into the pocket of the seat in front of you digging...
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