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
Originally posted on Jewishvaluescenter.org Two men run into a courtroom. This is either the start of a bad joke or a piece of Talmud. In this case, it’s it the latter. They are in the middle of a heated argument. After calming down the pair, the judges ask to hear the case. Man A claims […]Read More The Uphill Battle of Teaching Liberal Judaism
There are many questions that I am frequently asked about Judaism and many conversations that I have had hundreds of times in the past couple of years. There is one question, however, that I receive relatively often but there is so much necessary background information required, that the answer quickly turns into a long winded […]Read More A Beginner’s Guide to Biblical Criticism: Part 1
Last week I was sitting in a coffee shop talking about the politics surrounding the Israeli city of Hebron. One of the people at the table, not a particularly religious individual, spoke up and said something that I felt is representative of a wider problem within the pro-Israel community. In response to something I […]Read More The Do’s and Don’ts in Using the Bible during Israeli Political Arguments
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 […]Read More My Favorite Talmudic Story
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 […]Read More Hanukkah: The Jewish Christmas?
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 […]Read More How Religious Are You?