Now is the time for Never Again

News outlets and personal witnesses have been reporting a modern, 21st century genocide taking place right before our eyes. This information mixed with the shameful reticence of the global community has caused me to adjust a strongly held personal view. I have been against the use of nearly every Holocaust comparison I have ever heard. […]

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Shavuot: Holiday of Intermarriage?

The vast majority of Jews who study the Hebrew Bible do so, often unknowingly, through the lens of over 2,000 years of rabbinic exegesis and interpretation. The rabbinic layer attempts to smooth over and reconcile all contradictions, giving the misleading appearance that our holy books share a completely monolithic worldview. Granted, this rabbinic layer is […]

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Balancing Tradition & Intellect: A Case Study Of The Difficulties Of Thinking Jews

Originally published in 2016   In this week’s parsha, Tazria, we are quickly confronted with laws and procedures dealing with tzarat. The initial verse regarding this phenomenon is as follows: Leviticus 13:2: אָדָם כִּי־יִהְיֶה בְעוֹר־בְּשָׂרוֹ שְׂאֵת אוֹ־סַפַּחַת אוֹ בַהֶרֶת וְהָיָה בְעוֹר־בְּשָׂרוֹ לְנֶגַע צָרָעַת וְהוּבָא אֶל־אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן אוֹ אֶל־אַחַד מִבָּנָיו הַכֹּהֲנִים If a man has a se’eith, a […]

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This Passover I Wasn’t Alone

This Passover night I wasn’t alone. I was a part of the 600,000 Jews leaving Egypt – marveling at the open miracles and forever internalizing the ethical imperatives imprinted unto a nation. I remembered the day we left Egypt – rushed and confused – yet still convinced this barren desert was preferable to Egyptian hegemony. […]

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