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Jewish Guilt

There's No Such Thing As Jewish Guilt

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Contrary to popular conception, Judaism rejects the mental state we call guilt and views it as a spiritual malady -- one that generally prevents people from making positive changes in their lives.

Atonement Blues: Breaking the Yom Kippur Fast With 'Breaking Bad'

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

In "Breaking Bad," every episode is a day of atonement, if not for each character as it often is, it is for me. I rarely walk away from watching an episode feeling ebullient.

Why 'Jewish Guilt' Is A Paradox

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

So there you have it. For years we've been hearing about "Jewish guilt," and guilt is not even a Jewish concept!

Old Jews Telling Jokes

Posted 12.27.2011 | Fifty

Anyone who is cleaning up wrapping paper, taking down decorations and cleaning up the mess left from the holiday rush will appreciate this midday, Int...

Jewish Girl Guilt Sufganiyot

Miranda Levenstein | Posted 02.19.2012 | Home
Miranda Levenstein

Yeast is intimidating, as is a large pot of burning hot oil. But these sweet jammy treats were surprisingly doable and truly delicious. No need to save them just for Chanukah.

Getting Over The Judging God -- A Yom Kippur Reflection

Jay Michaelson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Is it really such a healthy thing to feel oneself to be inadequate, judged and deficient? Does it make us better people, or does it make us more judgmental ourselves? And does God judge us, or only love?

Hebrew School Dilemma

Steph Thompson | Posted 08.22.2011 | Women
Steph Thompson

Every Monday faithfully, for years, I have brought my children to Hebrew School. But recently, my own weak reasoning doesn't seem to resonate, not with me, and not with my kids.