Diaspora Need Not Apply


There is a fantastic oped in the NY Times from Alana Newhouse, the editor in chief of Tablet Magazine (which I really enjoy). There is a bill before the Israeli Knesset that may radically change Israel. That bill would give the ultra-orthodox power to say who is Jewish and who isn’t. This would destroy the […]

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Who Determines Who is Jewish?


There is a case before the Supreme Court of Britain. The question is who is a Jew? There is a real identity problem in today’s Jewry. Is being Jewish a race or a faith or both? This is an issue as the Orthodox have put themselves in charge of who is Jewish and who isn’t. […]

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A Broken Heart


I signed up for Rabbi Simon Jacobson’s 60 Day Journey to the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) email list. I get an email every day to prepare me spiritually and mentally for this Jewish New Year and the Yom Kippur. The emails have been amazing, but none better than today’s email. Here […]

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William Wilberforce


“Everyone should know Wilberforce,” Abraham Lincoln once said. Wilberforce who? William Wilberforce. I just put down an excellent biography by William Hague called William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. First off, I had no idea who William Wilberforce was before I read this book, nor did I realize how great a […]

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Separation


I am reading a wonderful new biography about William Wilberforce, the great British anti-slave trade campaigner. As part of the book, the author, William Hague, describes the slave trade, how slaves were kidnapped and transported in the most brutal conditions with no regard to health or humanity. One of the more disgusting stories describes how […]

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Let There Be Light


I am currently in Jerusalem studying at a place called Pardes (Pardes link). I thought I would write an update as to why I’m here and what I’m studying. Here is one teaching I learned this week that I thought quite profound. The Torah and Judaism is filled with contradictions and one of the best […]

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Are You Religious?


“Are you religious?” one Israeli asked me. “Yes.” He then looked for a kipah (yamaka) on my head. There wasn’t one. Then he wondered what I was doing out late on a Friday night. I then proceeded to explain that you could be religious and spiritual without being Orthodox. He was thoroughly confused as are […]

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