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Noah vs The Sweet Meteor of Death

It’s been a long time, way too long since I posted.  I missed you guys.  But what a College Rabbi parshah did I pick to come back.  Noah is one of the most controversial figures in all of Tanakh (the … Continue reading

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JVO Question-Lighting Chanukah Candles in Front of a Xmas Tree

My friend is Jewish. Her husband is not. I was at their home and now have a question. Is it kosher to celebrate Chanukah, lighting candles in front of a Christmas tree? I didn’t know what to say!  My response

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The Sights and Sounds of Shavuot

I very much regret not giving the class I was scheduled to on Wednesday, not because I bailed since it was canceled on me.  Rather, I had something fairly deep to say and took a few hours to prepare.  C’est … Continue reading

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Bar Yohai vs. The Roman Legacy

Right now Lag B’Omer 2015/5775 is drawing to a close yet the parties are going on as my sources tell me.  Yet there is a strange and obvious question as there’s music and revelry: today is the day of Ribi … Continue reading

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The Holocaust and the Infinite Sadness

For Israel, and for many of us in the Diaspora as well, yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day.  For now, at least while survivors are still among us to tell us of their horrible experiences and their tales of survival, it … Continue reading

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Shanah Tova Rabbi Style

Rosh HaShanah is a serious time.  It is the Day of Judgement for the world, and I wouldn’t say the world is holding in such a great place either.  Nonetheless there is a happy aspect to it, since we are … Continue reading

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9/11’s Bar Mitzvah

Numbers are very significant in Judaism and the number 13 very much so.  13 is the number that signifies maturity and adulthood.  G-d’s attributes of mercy, both those formulated in Exodus 34:6-7 and in Micah 7, are formulated in terms … Continue reading

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The Three Weeks Start Early

Starting Tuesday, the Jewish people will be observing a memorial period lasting three weeks ending on August 5, a day called Tisha B’Av.  A disproportionate number of national tragedies have befallen our people during this time period, a period for … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Religion and Zionism

Yom Haatzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, has had a unique impact on modern Jews in a way none of the classical Jewish holidays have done in a very long time.  For the first time in a long time, real theological issues … Continue reading

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The Kitniot Controversy

Every year during the Pesach (Passover) season the religious community engages in the same back-and-forth over the issue of kitniot, a custom to refrain from legumes and foods that are similar to grain observed by all Ashkenazim and to lesser … Continue reading

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