An hour before sunrise Shabbat morning Eli woke up with a mixture of nervousness and excitement about the upcoming day. Tip-toeing across the house to avoid waking his young children, he grabbed his towel and headed straight to the Mikvah down the street. While this was a day he had repeated every week for the […]Read More The Temple, Synagogues, and the Future of Judaism
A common refrain tells us that Judaism was the first monotheistic religion and that our ancestors were the first to “discover” that there is one God. There are several reasons why this statement is slightly inaccurate. For one we have evidence of other monotheistic trends that predated the Israelite community. Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh in […]Read More The Importance of Jewish Monotheism is Exactly What it is Not.
I came up with the idea for this article in a coffee shop this past week. As I created a rough outline and began to collect my thoughts, a friend, who happened to see the title to this article, turned to me and said: “You better not be writing one of those classic apologetic […]Read More The Hebrew Bible’s Radically Feminist Beginnings
People hate Jews. This is not a radical or innovative statement. It’s a reality that all students of Jewish history and contemporary Jews understand on one level or another. Nor is the statement that people hate Jews a new one. Anti-semitism reaches as far back as the Greeks over 2,300 years ago. Greek writers and […]Read More The History and Paradox of Anti-Semitism
Years ago – perhaps before many of my current readers have ever heard of me – I published all of my articles on this blog. It was here that I shared my writing and thoughts about Judaism for the first time in a public forum and it was here that my journey into the Jewish […]Read More Re-Introducing The Who Knows One Blog
Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org It’s the classic case. A Jewish man walks into a non-kosher restaurant to grab some food with a friend and inconspicuously slides off his kippah and puts in into his pocket, making sure that no one notices the identity shift. While this may be viewed as a pathology of modern day […]Read More Wearing a Kippah in a Non-Kosher Restaurant
It is no surprise that support for Israel is becoming increasingly partisan. An array of articles floating around the media in the past couple of weeks have all pointed to a recent Pew study underlining what everyone has already noticed in the past few years. Support for Israel is rapidly decreasing on the Left, especially among younger […]Read More Hyper-polarization, Not Israel, is to Blame for Pro-Israel Partisanship
Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org Netflix’s Black Mirror is arguably the best television series around right now. Not only is the premise of every one of its stand-alone episodes interesting enough to be its own two hour movie, but Black Mirror is able to introduce complex philosophical ideas and debates through both a captivating and memorable […]Read More Does Black Mirror Make The Case For Religion?
Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.orgIt is pretty safe to say that ethicists, moral philosophers, and ordinary people alike would all agree that if you have a chance to save someone’s life with a relatively low cost to yourself, you probably should do so. One of the most austere examples of this moral principle is briefly discussed […]Read More The Line Between Murder and Closing your Computer
Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org In its 20,000 verses, the Hebrew Bible is absolutely silent in regards to life after death. Bible scholars use this point to argue that the concept of Heaven wasn’t present in the setting of the Hebrew Bible. It wasn’t until contact with the Zoroastrians, a religion that heavily influenced post-biblical Judaism, […]Read More Does Heaven Exist?