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Intermarriage: The Beginning of the End

Posted on 07/23/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Believe me, I completely understand why a Jewish community would want to do away with the ethnocentric notion of Jewish “chosenness”. In our pluralistic society, it is extremely offensive and...

You Donít Know What You've Got ĎTil Itís Gone

Posted on 07/21/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Every night, in my dreams, I walk around like an ordinary person. Then I awaken and I struggle to get up off the makeshift bed I've been using since my surgery. The realization that it is a blessing to be...

Criticize with Kindness

Posted on 07/09/2017 by Rabbi Elan Adler in Beliefs and Practices
“There’s always a nice and decent way to say something.” This is a lesson we repeated to our girls, whenever they would say something a bit edgy to each other or to me or my wife. The idea...

American Jew or Jewish American?

Posted on 07/06/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
Growing up, there was always the looming question of whether or not one was an American Jew or a Jewish American. The fundamental issue was whether one places their Jewish identity before their American...

How To Pray In Just One Minute

Posted on 06/29/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
If you’ve ever been in a synagogue in your life, you know that a typical Jewish prayer service can go on for hours.But what about the average Jew who wants to find a way to connect with God through...

The God Experience

Posted on 06/26/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Years ago, long after I became A Serious Jew, I was talking to a friend about an apartment she was trying to rent. She and her husband loved the apartment, but the deal fell through at the last minute. I...

Donít Judge a Man by his (Head) Cover

Posted on 06/23/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
The other day I was asked if I will wear a kippah for the rest of my life. I immediately answered, “I think so”, and that is the truth. I feel strongly that Jewish men who are committed to their...

If You Will It, It Is No Drum

Posted on 06/20/2017 by Rivkah Lambert Adler in Beliefs and Practices
Arguably, the most famous dreamer in the Bible is Yosef (Joseph) who not only had big dreams of his own, but who was gifted with the ability to interpret, and also implement, the dreams of Pharaoh. The most...

Sexism At Shul

Posted on 06/19/2017 by Deb Morbeto in Beliefs and Practices
When one looks at most major world religions through the lens of the female, it is not long until the words sexist or sexism comes to mind. Most world religions are systematically sexist by nature, meaning...

The Noble Path of the Modern Prophet

Posted on 06/15/2017 by Moshe Daniel Levine in Beliefs and Practices
To be completely honest, I do not think that Halacha is something that must be followed in every instance. There are plenty of areas including LGBT rights, the Agunah problem, and many other moral imperatives...
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