Counting Our Blessings as We Mourn
Posted on 05/02/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD Since the shooting last Shabbat, there has been much mourning among the Jewish people - mourning for the loss of the beloved Lori Kaye, may the memory of this Tzadeket (righteous woman) be for a...
The Seder’s Almost Here – Lets Be Prepared!
Posted on 04/17/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Holidays
B”SD The Sages teach us that the month of Nissan is a month where every day is Rosh Chodesh. It is a month of new beginnings – a month that not only marks the beginning of spring’s awakening...
Finding Simchat Adar in Sefer Vayikra
Posted on 04/05/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
In this happiest month of the Jewish calendar, the month of Adar (well, second Adar, to be specific), we begin the third book of the Torah - Vayikra, or Leviticus. The Sages tell us that “when we enter...
Dressing Like a Jew
Posted on 02/28/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD The Invisible Jew In a mix and match society like America, who must the invisible Jew imitate? The feudal system of Poland made it simple - we would like to blend in with the business class, the...
A Jew at the Rave?
Posted on 02/10/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SD It’s a dark and stormy night. I get out of a car somewhere off a highway exit at the mouth of a national park. I’m accompanied by a man that would be considered, by most perfectly normal...
Secret Jewish Druggies
Posted on 01/07/2019 by Jacob Schwartz in Health
[Ed Note: This entry to the Jewis Values Online blog addresses some difficult and troubling issues, from a rather personal perspective. The reader is hereby warned. The contents are as written by the author....
Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, Both, or Neither
Posted on 12/02/2018 by Jacob Schwartz in Beliefs and Practices
B”SDAnti-Zionism is not inherently anti-Semitic. If you don’t agree with that sentiment, you may want to open another tab right now. This article will address what I understand to be the nuanced...
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...