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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parsha Korach – Bad Advice

The Rebbe once said, “Either you will affect your environment, or your environment will affect you. There is no middle ground.”  In this week’s parsha of Korach, an charismatic person (Korach) tried to take control of the temple of Israel in opposition to Aaron.  He persuaded 250 other prominent Israelites to join him.  According to […]

Meet Channah Chaya, Our Newest Writer, On Her Two Month “Conversionsary”

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Recently I reached out to a young woman on Facebook who is about to go through the process of the beit den to finish her conversion to Judaism. Although I am a Jew-by-Choice (a term I will be using to describe myself but I do not apply the same phrase to others who have converted […]