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Obama and Trump: two uncompromisingly hostile Americas 

Yes, Obama and Trump represent two uncompromisingly hostile Americas, and we must figure out what to do.    This is not about the personalities and politics of former US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.    This is about the images of the two uncompromisingly hostile Americas that these names represent – the two uncompromisingly hostile Americas that existContinue reading “Obama and Trump: two uncompromisingly hostile Americas “

If Judaism and science do not go hand-in-hand, we are in spiritual trouble

If Judaism and science do not go hand-in-hand, we are in spiritual trouble Yes, that is true – if Judaism and science do not go hand-in-hand, we are in spiritual trouble. Judaism and science have to go hand-in-hand, and that is a message from the Torah: Judaism defines what to do and the science definesContinue reading “If Judaism and science do not go hand-in-hand, we are in spiritual trouble”

Wonder, why do strictly orthodox rabbis respect secular Jews and detest less orthodox Jews?

The writings of strictly orthodox rabbis leave no doubt – they spiritually accept the Jewish life style of non-religious, secular Jews, who do not follow the Jewish tradition, and they spiritually reject the Jewish life style of less orthodox Jews, who follow their own Jewish tradition (reform, conservative and even modern orthodox). To understand whyContinue reading “Wonder, why do strictly orthodox rabbis respect secular Jews and detest less orthodox Jews?”

Why Rabbi Weiss is wrong on Christian worship at Auschwitz

From the news media: On the eve of Pope Francis’s visit to Auschwitz, a US rabbi has called on him to remove a Catholic church from the premises of the Nazi death camp. The letter sent from Rabbi Avi Weiss, national president of AMCHA-Coalition for Jewish Concerns. Weiss says the presence of the church atContinue reading “Why Rabbi Weiss is wrong on Christian worship at Auschwitz”

Rabbis are teachers of the Jewish law – not of the faith

Finally, I have understood why the rabbis are hesitant, or sometimes even afraid, to discuss how individual Jews may feel or sense their own Jewish faith. That is so because the rabbis are teachers of the Jewish law (including traditions and rituals) – not of the faith. The faith is a strong belief or trustContinue reading “Rabbis are teachers of the Jewish law – not of the faith”

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