Novelist Michael David Lukas claimed in a New York Times opinion piece, The Hypocrisy of Chanukah that the Maccabees would have hated him because he is an assimilated Jews. Is Lukas correct? Can we maintain our Jewish identity while benefiting from the larger culture or must we choose one or the other?
Jacob stumbled into the world’s first synagogue while on the run. What can we learn from his experience?
The word nationalism has been in the news lately. How does the Jewish view of nationalism help us respond to the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history?
Despite security concerns, many in the Jewish community have called for the Syrian refugees to be allowed into the U.S. comparing their plight to that of the refuges of the Holocaust. Is this a valid comparison? Is this position indeed the “Jewish position?”
What can being a fan of a team that has been down and out teach us about Judaism and life?
Many rabbis followed the lead of Noah by failing to address the “Iran Deal” over the High Holidays. While Noah was a righteous man he is not the biblical figure who should serve as our role model. Shockingly, these rabbis can learn from Howard Stern.
I was recently posed the question by the Jewish Voice, “How do we keep kashrut holy, yet allow it to evolve with the times?” In order to answer this question we will go back to the beginning, literally by looking at Genesis.
We tend to think of God as a king who commands. However, if you read the Torah closely you can also hear God speaking to you giving you advice on how you can help yourself.
Though not a word of dialogue is recording between Isaac and his wife Rebecca each spouse individually prays for the wellbeing of the other. Is prayer enough?
It is believed that God gave Cain a mark as a sign of forgiveness for the murder of Abel. The Torah however, tells us that he was given a “sign.” Was this sign a mark or something else and what does it symbolize?
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