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Jewish Political Violence: Nothing New Under The Sun

Posted on 09/19/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Tucked in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the easily forgotten day of Tzom (the Fast of) Gedalia. Generally occurring the day after Rosh Hashanah, this day has been set aside to remember the...

So.... I'm becoming a Rabbi..... a Reform Rabbi

Posted on 09/18/2017 by Dr. Elana Sztokman in Beliefs and Practices
So this week I did something really new. I began my journey to become a Reform rabbi. For the next four years I will be studying at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. And I am positively ecsatic. You probably...

The Target Shipping Snafu and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Posted on 09/11/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Holidays
As cleanup from Harvey continues and Irma moves across South Florida, like many, I have been trying to make meaning from these dramatic weather events happening in such close proximity to one another. If...

Struggling to Connect to the High Holidays

Posted on 09/11/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Holidays
I find the High Holidays extremely difficult to connect to. See the vast majority of Jewish holidays incorporate experiential learning into the holiday experience. On Sukkot we literally try to live outside in...

My Soul Needed To See That

Posted on 09/06/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Yesterday, an image came up on my Facebook newsfeed that stopped me in my tracks. This amazing painting was done by Jerusalem-based artist Miriam Leibowitz.My soul needed to see that.My soul has needed to see...

The KKK, a Black Musician and the Bible

Posted on 08/28/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
What do the KKK, a black musician, and a misinterpretation of a Biblical story have in common? A few nights ago, I watched a new documentary on Netflix titled Accidental Courtesy. The film is centered on a...

Is There Anything All Jews Share?

Posted on 08/21/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
We are in the middle of an age of intense disagreement. Between politics, religion, and other public topics - it seems that forming a consensus on anything is a lofty, if not impossible, goal. A couple of days...

The Hate That Is Being Revived Before Our Eyes

Posted on 08/17/2017 by Carol Silver Elliott in Beliefs and Practices
My father was born in Poland, born at a time when anti-Semitism was not just prevalent, it was a fact of life. Yet while Dad talked about his childhood, rarely did we hear about the hatred he had endured. He...

Criticizing Critics of Biblical Criticism

Posted on 08/14/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
One of the reasons why I love the Jewish blogging world so much is that at any given time there is a whole array of topics being discussed simultaneously that directly relate to our lives as Jews. While the...

Social Media and God

Posted on 08/14/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
It is easy to tell what a society is deeply worried about by the entertainment it produces. In this case, it is clear that the proliferating amount of television and movie content regarding the dangers of...
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