In some Orthodox Jewish communities, almost everyone relates to their Judaism in a very similar way. Insular Chasidic communities are often the sort of place where everyone lives a very similar style of Jewish life and practices a very homogenous version of Judaism. Similarly, some Israeli settlements have somewhat uniform Jewish experiences within their communities.
About six weeks ago, I had the unfortunate experience of being intimately involved in a unique shiva. A member of our community suddenly lost a four-month-old grandson. The father of the child is a friend and peer of mine. Shiva was observed in our neighborhood instead of the home of the parents. All of these
This article was originally published on finkorswim.com. A book like Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent is going to elicit predictable reactions. Many of these reactions will come from people who have not even read the book. But they already know Leah and her story. These knee-jerk reactions will come
Are people born with good inclinations or is it our job as parents to teach our kids selflessness? A modern take of the “Nature vs. Nurture” debate.
Responsible parents don’t let their children drive cars before they have their license. They don’t allow them to choose to watch whatever television programs or movies they think they want. Good parents would not drop their child off at an amusement park and tell them that they are on their own. Similarly, responsible parents would not allow their children carte blanche use of the computer and the Internet.
A lesson in positivity from the 9-year-old boy who congratulated the Miami Heat on their effort on the court and not the numbers on the scoreboard.
Meditation has a place in Judaism as well. Many great Jewish thinkers have described Jewish prayer as a form of meditation. The prophets of yore achieved their heightened spiritual state after intense meditation.
NSA wiretapping seems to have American citizens on their toes but did the US government overstep on halacha?
Apply the secret of happy couples to Judaism and watch it flourish.
Can we really change the past? (Is it magic?)