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Take the Elevator to the Top

The Tenth of Tishrei, the date of Yom Kippur, marks the anniversary of when Moshe (Moses) descended from Mount Sinai for the second time, following the people’s sin with the Golden Calf. B’nai Yisroel (Children of Israel) and Moshe prayed that God should hear their plea for atonement and forgiveness from such an unfathomable sin. [Read More]

‘Messianic’ Newspaperman Comes Home

Sparks Fly as Publisher of Apostate Tabloid Converts Back to Judaism (From Forward, December 27, 1996) When George Belloni was milling around outside the Messiah ’96 conference this summer, he noticed one booth that was being avoided by the parley’s numerous “messianic” Jews and Christian missionaries. Sparks Fly as Publisher of Apostate Tabloid Converts Back [Read More]

5 Surprising Facts About Judaism

Including you don’t need to be Jewish to get to Heaven.

1. We are meant to savor the pleasures of the world: The Jerusalem Talmud says that God will take us to task for not partaking in permissible pleasures of this world ((Kiddushin, 4:12)). God didn’t put the delights of this world here to tease us. Enjoy that hot fudge sundae, but do it mindfully, like [Read More]

A Parent’s Cry for Help

Our oldest son informed us that he was dating a Christian girl.  At the start, we reluctantly accepted the relationship, expecting that it would not last. After all, how could it?  He attended Jewish day school through eighth grade, and continued his Jewish studies through high school. We were active in our synagogue, kept kosher [Read More]

Alex’s Story

My parents and I immigrated to the United States from the former USSR. We were raised as atheists but I did receive some training in Judaism by attending the local Jewish community center, and a Jewish summer camp. These really didn’t do too much for me. I knew that I was Jewish, but I didn’t [Read More]

All You Need is Love

Judaism is commonly understood to be a very action oriented religion. We’ve even come to describe commitment to Judaism based upon levels of “observance”. Demographers and community planners are drawn to visible indicators of Jewish commitment that can be quantified – Shabbat, Kashrut, Tzedakah, Torah study and involvement with Israel. Yet the Torah repeatedly whispers [Read More]