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Feb 24, 2021, 8:36 PM
Purim’s lesson: Otzmah Yehudit is not the real Jewish power
PM Netanyahu, please note. Otzmah Yehudit is NOT The Real “Jewish Power” What then is the power of Purim that its lesson needs to be maintained even in the Messianic Age? The ancient sages offer us an insight of utopian...
Jun 9, 2015, 3:06 PM
Strive to be someone, President Rivlin
On the special needs b'nei mitzvah ceremony: The president must affirm that Israel is the homeland of all types of Jews
Feb 27, 2015, 9:02 AM
Righteous Gentiles in an Anti-Semitic Age: Remember your enemies, but don’t forget your friends
In an age when anti-Semitism on and beyond campus in America and Europe is on the rise, and heightened lawfare efforts against Israel in the international arena occur even as existential threats against her loom large, it is hard not...
Jan 8, 2015, 11:08 PM
Revolutionary vs. Evolutionary Transitions–The Torah’s Cautionary Tale
Transitions—and lessons about transition—abound in the Torah reading for this week. One transition is simply the move to the new book of Shemot (Exodus). The prelude of Breishit (Genesis) is now complete, and the stage set for the story detailing...
Oct 26, 2014, 10:50 PM
"More Jews" and "More Jewish" are not mutually exclusive. Recently my colleagues Brad Artson and Adam Greenwald wrote about the need for communal investing in conversion preparation programs. The responses to their suggestion have been predictable. Many have lauded their...
Oct 5, 2014, 7:02 PM
Liberal Zionism is Both Vibrant and Vital
By the end of Operation Protective Edge, a chorus of voices started harmonizing a discordant melody. The refrain insisted that “liberal Zionism” was failing to “support Israel” and that “Liberal Judaism” did not embrace its obligation to nurture Zionist...
Sep 24, 2014, 7:24 AM
Israel Sermon? What Israel Sermon?
Israel Sermon? What Israel Sermon? I’m speaking about Israel on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur, but I am not giving “an Israel sermon.” How does THAT happen? The answer is “mindfully.” It seems that the issue...
Sep 16, 2014, 8:00 PM
Eleh Ez’kerah: These I Remember
Eleh Ez'kerah. These I Remember American Jew. Liberal Zionist. Conservative Jew. The past year it seems that pundits across the Jewish world have been focused on the increasing irrelevancy of these identifiers. The term “American Jew” implies for many Israelis...
Sep 8, 2014, 4:49 PM
An Open Letter to Joshua Leifer
Dear Joshua, We haven’t met, and you don’t know me, but I know you. Having read your September 1st blog post in The Times of Israel, I feel compelled to reach out to you with this letter. You see, I too am a...
Rabbi David Greenspoon is a rabbi, educator, and writer. He is a popular guest rabbinic scholar at numerous Jewish, Christian, community Interfaith, and secular academic settings.