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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Hyper-polarization, Not Israel, is to Blame for Pro-Israel Partisanship

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 […]

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