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Jan 25, 2020, 12:20 AM
Israel in Modern History: A Beacon to the Nations
World leaders, royals, heads of state and their delegations, visited Israel for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, Thursday, January 23, 2020, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Stated as the largest gathering of global leaders in Israel’s modern history, it...
Jan 23, 2020, 7:11 PM
Saying Shema at Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral
One hour north of Bogotá lies the town of Zipaquirá. Unable to decipher the bus timetables, and with Google Maps proving to be stubbornly innacurate, I took a taxi. Potholes, speedbumps, and long stretches of dirt and gravel road...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Jan 22, 2020, 1:07 AM
The goal is getting back to Israel
In the beginning of Parsha VaEra (Shmot 6:1-3), Elokim, God appears to Moshe and says: “I am HaShem, the Lord. I revealed Myself to Avraham, to Yitzchak and to Yaakov as E-l (Almighty) Shaddai, but by My Name the...
Jan 21, 2020, 10:48 AM
Conservative Judaism: Time to Balance the “What” with the “Why”
This past December, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Rabbinical Assembly partnered together for a collaborative convention titled 20/20 Judaism. This convention, meant to bring together Conservative Rabbi's, Cantors, Educators and members from all across the United...
Jan 21, 2020, 10:43 AM
Women’s Daf Yomi: A Deeper Look, Part 1
My previous article raising concerns about the women's daf yomi movement received a tremendous response. The overwhelming majority of the responses were negative. This proves that many people dislike the views I expressed in the article, but it does...
Jan 18, 2020, 10:14 PM
Anti-Semitism: Preparedness Can’t Be Blind
While gun applications are up, and people are training to confront the wave of anti-Semitism that has once again hit our communities, it is also important to remember that not every incident is anti-Semitic or an attack on us. In...
Jan 13, 2020, 2:42 PM
Don’t You Know, the Jew Wanders Here Too?
Why make Aliyah? It’s damn hard. I mean, if you don’t have to, then why put yourself through the ordeal of being an immigrant? It’s the “holy land.” It’s “our home.” It’s “just such a special place.” True. But,...
Jan 12, 2020, 12:51 PM
Watch: Israeliness IS Jewishness
In Israel, the more traditional Jews are, the more right wing they are, says pollster Prof. Camil Fuchs. But the Jews who are not traditional still feel very Jewish. Their Israeliness connects them with their Jewishness in ways that...
Jan 12, 2020, 10:36 AM
PARSHAT SHEMOT: Parallels between Egypt and Germany, Moses and Jacob
Parshat Shemot: Parallels between Egypt and Germany, Moses and Jacob An altogether remarkable Parsha, Shemot both beggars and teases the imagination, offering a huge amount of information, yet begging more questions than it answers. Truly a case of ‘me’galeh tefah mekhase t’fahayim’(reveals...
Jan 12, 2020, 10:24 AM
PARSHAT SHEMOT Parallels between Egypt and Germany, Moses and Jacob
An altogether remarkable Parsha, Shemot both beggars and teases the imagination, offering a huge amount of information, yet begging more questions than it answers. Truly a case of ‘me’galeh tefah mekhase t’fahayim’(reveals one handbreadth and conceals two). Shemot opens by dividing the...