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The Debate on the Israeli National Anthem

Lev Hakak | Posted 03.05.2017 | Religion
 Lev Hakak

In 1877, Naftali Herts (Herz) Imber (Galicia, 1856 - New York, 1909), a young man in his early twenties, authored a Hebrew poem called "Our Hope". The...

Why Must We Work To Undo Racism As Jews?

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann | Posted 10.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann

Because we are beyond sick at the number of young Black people killed by the police just this year. Because as white and non-white Jews, we want to oppose systems of oppression and injustice. So, white people, white Jews, what are we going to do?

A Guide to Going Kosher for Passover 2014

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Going "kosher for Passover" is a cool way to do spring-cleaning, start a healthier diet, and get spiritual. While preparation requires some effort, understanding what is required can make the task cheaper, faster, and easier, giving you more time to prepare for the spirit of the holiday.

Passover Traumatic Stress Disorder: Saved by Charoset

Anneli Rufus | Posted 05.21.2013 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

When Passover begins again next week, I will stage my millionth attempt to rescue some meaningful spark from its story -- this time, by exploring charoset as a glorious dish at once ancient and futuristic, traditional and infinitely adaptable.

Obama's Victory and the American Social Contract: Lessons for Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.13.2013 | Home
Carlo Strenger

We in Israel have no choice but to move towards a social contract of mutual respect and equal rights for all, and we should take America's reelection of President Barack Hussein Obama as an inspiration.

Are All Jews White? The Woody Allen Syndrome

Diane Tobin | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Diane Tobin

As funny and emblematic of a certain kind of neurotic Jewish mindset as Woody Allen is, what could be more ridiculous than assuming that he represents all Jews.

Adventures of an Accidental Zionist: Encounters with the Anxiety of Jewish Extinction

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Preserving, celebrating and perpetuating Judaism is not a solitary work but a noble collective pursuit, one within which each of us, Jew, or non-Jew, has a vital part and valued role.

Two Models of Jewish Tradition: Vertical-Hierarchical and Horizontal Pluralist

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

The two models of Jewish tradition that we have presented reflect the clash between the Sephardic tradition of religious humanism and the Ashkenazi tradition of magical-occultism.

Dangerous Mystic Motifs in Judaism

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Israel's Jewish culture can be identified as the paradoxical attempt to restore Jews to the world of nations, but to do so by an occult process that remains alien to universal civilization and the standards of science and rationality.

Israel's Sephardic-Ashkenazi Rift: The Shas Paradox

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Shas has not sought to effectively redress the secular-political problems of the Israeli Sephardim, but has relentlessly pursued its own parochial interests as an Ultra-Orthodox party in the Ashkenazi mold.

Understanding the Sephardi-Ashkenazi Split

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

In terms of the Jewish future, the Sephardi-Ashkenazi split is of immense importance. Understanding the cultural differences between the two groups is vital for our political interests.

Why Are 110,000 Orthodox Israelis Rioting to 'Protect' Segregated Schools?

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eileen Read

It is with American ears that revere the separation of church and state that we listen in awe to extreme religious happenings in the Middle East. Som...

Netanyahu At AIPAC: Pilpul In Action!

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Building on the Talmudic term pilpul, I would like to more closely examine the difficulty that Netanyahu's recent AIPAC statements present for anyone working to negotiate a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

What Is Pilpul, And Why On Earth Should I Care About It?

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

For those who have any concern with the Middle East conflict or with Judaism, what you know -- or do not know -- about pilpul is something upon which your well-being could depend.

Israeli Sephardim as Tea Partiers

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Though it is sad to see the cultural degeneration of the Israeli Sephardim, it is nonetheless true that the community now represents a viciously reactionary element in the Israeli political system.

Killing off Rational Judaism: The Maimonidean Controversy

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

If Humanism is to be restored to Judaism, the Maimonidean Controversy must be addressed and resolved in a definitive manner.

Wadi Abou Jamil: Stories About the Jews of Beirut

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

Riveting is an understatement. The beautifully recounted stories about Beirut's Jews are enlightening, but beg for details about community members w...