Flashback Friday: Is Jewish Life Getting Better Or Worse? (Parshah Va’etchanan)

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A guy once told me that, at least in his opinion, Jewish life was getting worse from generation to generation. The farther away we moved from Sinai, he believed, the more we forgot about the mitzvot and thus were farther removed from God. He cited the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements as proof of that. […]

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Tisha b’Av, A Holy Day of Sadness

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Tish b’Av, a holy day of sadness, commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, a day when we read the Book of Lamentations and on which many fast. Is there any benefit to living in the past, focusing on tragedy? Or can we perhaps learn a lesson from tragedy? Rabbi Michael Bernstein of […]

The Bible Is Really Boring

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The Bible is filled with tiny, mundane details that are boring at best and that frankly don’t apply to our lives today. Why would someone read the Bible when most of it is about people “begatting” each other and about a bunch of animal sacrifices? Fair enough. Well, details, details, details. It turns out details […]

Flashback Friday: What’s the Right Cup Size for this Idol? Parsha Balak + Breasts

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Aside from occasionally stashing an iPod in my sports bra while working out, I’ve never found my boobs a particularly convenient cache for goods. Nor do I imagine anything larger than an iPod would make for swift and graceful recovery in a moment of passion. Which is why I laughed aloud at both the Talmud […]