Why Do The Jews Not Believe In Jesus?

Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org “Why do the Jews not believe in Jesus?” Unsurprisingly, this is a question that I receive quite often whenever talking about religion. From college campuses to coffee shops all the way to missionaries handing out pamphlets at the bus stop, it seems that every time I divulge the fact that I […]

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The Ins and Outs of Immigration

Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org Immigration. Just the word is enough to recall the state of divisiveness and controversy that is the current political reality in today’s world. From the United States and Europe, all the way to Israel and Africa, immigration is at the center of many fierce debates that do not seem to be […]

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Morality Versus Religion

Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org   God comes to you and tells you to sacrifice your son. Or maybe that was a dream. But you are pretty sure that you were awake. You think. The last couple of times God had promised or told you something it generally made sense. Well, there was that one time […]

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My Favorite Talmudic Story

Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org While I am not an overly emotional person, there are a couple of stories that get me every time. Now the Talmud is generally viewed as a dry and dense book filled with archaic debates and detailed descriptions of how to perform ancient rituals. And for the most part that’s exactly what […]

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Hanukkah: The Jewish Christmas?

Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org “Happy Hanukkah!” I have begun to hear these words with increased frequency as I go about my daily schedule. This tells me Christmas is coming up. As I have spent my entire life wearing a kippah and living in an area with a small Jewish population, I generally receive about three “Happy […]

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How Religious Are You?

  There is something that needs to be clarified within the Orthodox (and perhaps even the wider) Jewish community and that is the term “religious”. It is not uncommon to hear people asking “how religious are you?” or “how religious is he/she?” when inquiring about an individual and their connection to Judaism. However, the terms […]

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