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Feb 17, 2019, 7:32 PM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 31
Does the traditional recitation of kaddish do honor to the non-believer? I don't see why not, but there are those for whom this is a sticking point. Writer and poet Aurora Levins Morales was uncomfortable with the notion of reciting...
Feb 17, 2019, 3:57 PM
The significance of contradictions in the Hebrew Bible and Talmudic literature
There are many contradictions within the Torah (the 5 Books of Moses), the Hebrew Bible and the Talmudic literature. In the continuation, I will give only one example of contradiction – of what in my mind is the most...
Feb 15, 2019, 2:25 PM
The little spacecraft that could may have died, but the lessons it inspired for how we persevere lives on
Feb 15, 2019, 1:12 PM
Jerusalem through a Christian lens
This is a reflection on Israel from a different angle, not normally discussed in the Jewish community and that’s Christians in the Holyland and the Palestinian territories. And why do I care? Well, for all sorts of reasons, starting...
Feb 15, 2019, 9:37 AM
Secrets of the Final Redemption
Introduction: Creating Messianic Reality Our generation is almost unanimously considered the generation of the redemption. The tumultuous events of the recent past are largely recognized as the footsteps of the Mashiach, heralding that the true and complete redemption is literally...
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil
Feb 15, 2019, 4:18 AM
On February 11, 2013, Rosh Chodesh Adar 5773, I BELIEVE poured from my heart, with HaShem's help. Today, years later in February 2019, it's Adar Aleph 5779, and still I hold firm and my heart cries out: ...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Feb 15, 2019, 12:38 AM
The Biblical Taylors
In Parshat Tetzave, there are almost 40 verses that deal with the clothing of the Kohen. As we read through the articles of clothing that are mentioned (Shmot 28:4), a few words jump out at us: “These are the...
Feb 15, 2019, 12:36 AM
Love Is Beautiful, But…
Can someone please tell me why Valentine’s Day is such a big deal here in Israel? Why the day is even celebrated at all? My first year here, when I saw the hearts dangling around the mall, the red balloons...
Feb 14, 2019, 2:46 PM
Brothers: A drama in five acts (Tetzaveh 5779)
Without truth, there can be no vision to inspire a nation; without internal peace, there is no nation to inspire
Adam J. Raskin
Feb 12, 2019, 11:56 PM
Keep partisanship not politics off the pulpit
In 1982, the rabbi of the congregation where I grew up preached a fiery Rosh Hashanah sermon entitled “If God Were King.” The sermon was a riff on the central High Holiday prayer Avinu Malkeinu, which beseeches the Parent...