Tag Archives: Jewish History

Kristallnacht

Tonight, November 9-10, marks the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass. It is called the “Night of Broken Glass” because on this night, in 1938, thousands of rioters stormed Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues causing enormous … Continue reading

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Special Course Announcement – The Early Rabbis

The Early Rabbis: Mishnah, Midrash and Mysticism It’s not too late to still register for a special 6-week course on The Early Rabbis: Mishnah, Midrash and Mysticism, taught by Rabbi Joshua Brumbach. The course is offered through as special partnership with the … Continue reading

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Dr. Louis Meyer Centennial Yahrzeit

Last month I had the honor of participating in a special centennial yahrzeit ceremony for Dr. Louis Meyer, which was held at his grave site at Mt. View Cemetery in Altadena, CA (another ceremony was also held earlier that day at … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Superman is Jewish

The Jewish Daily Forward had a great article this morning in honor of Superman’s 75th birthday offering 10 reasons why Superman is really Jewish. We’ve blogged before about the ‘Jewishness’ of superheroes and comic books, and of the creators behind … Continue reading

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Yom HaShoah: A Fresh Look at Ein Keloheinu

Yom HaShoah Today is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. As I’ve mentioned before, my grandfather was a member of the U.S. armed forces that liberated Germany. Actually, he was both a liberator and a survivor, having escaped Germany as a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Intro to Messianic Judaism

A few weeks ago at the Hashivenu theological forum, I had the opportunity to pick up Dr. David Rudolph and Dr. Joel Willitts’ new book – hot off the press, Introduction to Messianic Judaism (Zondervan, 2013). This book is the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Elie Wiesel tells a story about a trip he took to Saragossa, Spain, years ago. Saragossa had been a thriving center of Jewish life before the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. As Wiesel was walking through town, … Continue reading

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The Shechinah in Exile

A Classic Repost in honor of Tisha B’Av: The concept of a compassionate and personal G-d is not foreign to Rabbinic thought. One particularly interesting example is the concept of “the Shechinah in Exile.” According to the Tanya[1] (quoting the … Continue reading

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Video of the Day, Levertoff – Part 6

Over the last several weeks I have been posting videos as each one is released from a special series by First Fruits of Zion/Vine of David expounding on Paul Philip Levertoff’s classic work, “Love and the Messianic Age.” Levertoff was … Continue reading

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Laughing in the Darkness

Last night Monique and I, and another couple from our shul, went to go see the film Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, written, produced, and directed by award-winning filmmaker Joseph Dorman. The film is being shown in select theaters throughout … Continue reading

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