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.org It 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 […]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. 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, that the […]Read More Does Heaven Exist?
Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org In a recent blog post written anonymously for the thetorah.com, a high school student relates his rabbi’s reaction upon discovering that his student was reading a book about Biblical criticism. The rabbi, in front of the boy and a few of his friends, immediately shrieked that he would rather his student […]Read More Rabbinic Malpractice and the Moral Duty of an Educator
Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org There is a curious thing that happens in coffee shops. People sit around the room, typing away at their laptops and then someone needs to get up to use the bathroom. But it would be super inconvenient to have to pack up all of your stuff into your bag and […]Read More What Can Interfaith Relations Learn From a Coffee Shop?
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 […]Read More Why Do The Jews Not Believe In Jesus?
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 […]Read More The Ins and Outs of Immigration
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 […]Read More Morality Versus Religion