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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Jan 13, 2019, 10:11 PM
Parashat Bo: Think differently about relating to others and rebellious ones
Our portion of the week opens, in the second verse (Exodus 10:2), with the reason for the Ten Plagues. You might have thought that they are to punish the Egyptians and to teach them a lesson. But it says...
Jan 3, 2019, 4:09 PM
Book review: Six Days of Cosmology and Evolution: A Scientific Commentary
In The Lonely Man of Faith, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik writes that he has never been seriously troubled by the problem of the Biblical doctrine of creation vis-à-vis the scientific story of evolution at both the cosmic and the organic...
Dec 21, 2018, 1:54 AM
Unusual guests at my Shabbat table
In my house, ex-Hasidim connect to their roots, without the pressures of the ultra-Orthodoxy they reject
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Dec 17, 2018, 11:27 PM
Urgent call to support Rabbi Cardozo’s Academy
Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo has started a crowdfunding campaign to continue his protest and opposition against corrupted uninspired backward Orthodox Judaism. This link helps you to donate. A group of donors has promised to double any gift received before...
Dec 17, 2018, 9:41 PM
Are ‘sinful’ Jews still Jews?
Can pornstars, strippers, Playboy models, even alcoholics etc. etc. etc. still be considered Jewish? I’ll admit, this isn’t something I’ve given serious thought to before. If you’d asked me, anyone who was born to a Jewish family is Jewish, period. Beyond...
Dec 13, 2018, 5:54 PM
Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jews: 5 Lessons From an Expert
I moderated a discussion with Dr. Gilad Malach, an expert on Israel’s Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox Jewish, population, and a fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Dr. Malach particularly focuses on Israeli government policy relating to Haredi employment and military...
Dec 5, 2018, 7:24 AM
Santa vs. Latkes: Fighting for a Deeper Judaism
Since Chanukah is such a joyous time I hate to get negative. However, as a student of Jewish history and a rabbi involved in outreach, I feel compelled to respond to some of the disturbing opinions Michael Lukas wrote...
Dec 2, 2018, 7:44 PM
This Week in Lod — A Microcosm of Israel
In a recent article, I described the city of Lod as a microcosm of Israel. Events of the past week support this definition. An Arab family’s illegally-built home in Lod was demolished by Israeli police this week, leading to protests...
Dec 1, 2018, 11:36 PM
Jewish Messianic Theology and Zionist Nationalism
My conclusion: Mix of Messianic Theology and Nationalist Politics is deadly. I have been examining the trends in Israel. At a time of rising nationalism around the world there is a rising phenomenon in Israeli politics. There is a clear evolution of...
Nov 29, 2018, 1:57 PM
Shabbat, A Precious Gift Taken for Granted
Suppose your father, someone you highly respect and trust, gives you a gift and tells you this is the most precious gift you will receive from him. Then he tells you that if you promise to take great care...