The Moral Arc: Putting the Hate in Perspective

The events of the last couple of weeks have been upsetting and unsettling, to say the least. It seems that we have reached an impasse of sorts in the public sphere and it is hard to figure out what we can do to help alleviate the situation. Hate groups, violence, terrorist activity, and a president […]

Intermarriage: The Beginning of the End

Originally posted on jewishvaluescenter.org 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 detrimental for any group to claim superiority in any way over any other group on the basis of identity alone. However, I […]

Moving On From Destruction

Originally posted on jewishvaluescenter.org They say that history is written by the winners. This was the sentiment that I felt exactly two years ago when I was sitting under the Arch of Titus during this period known as the Three Weeks. The Three weeks is a period of time in which many Jews observe a low-level […]

American Jew or Jewish American?

Originally posted on jewishvaluescenter.org 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 identity, or vice versa. While this is a question I used to dedicate much thought to, I think […]