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Justice as Holiness – Part II

The Prophets Yesterday in the first part of this three-part series I introduced the concept of justice as holiness and explored its foundation in the Torah. Today we move on to the Prophets. The biblical prophets echo a call to … Continue reading

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Justice as Holiness – Part I

*This series is an expansion of an article I recently wrote for the UMJC Twenties newsletter, which can be read HERE. As Messianic Jews, we have a unique obligation to pursue social justice. This mandate is not just a hip … Continue reading

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Tikkun Olam and Messianic Jews

*In honor of Human Rights Day (and Human Rights Shabbat, tomorrow) we are reposting this recent article. Synagogue attendance and ritual observance have become less popular features of Jewish society. Interestingly, 21st century Jewry is rallying around a new center: … Continue reading

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Esther the Superhero

What little girl doesn’t want to wear a Queen Esther costume for Purim? She’s the paragon of our every dream – the beauty of all Jewish beauties, the savior of the Jewish people, the dutiful niece of great Mordechai … … Continue reading

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Help for Haiti

The thoughts and prayers of the world are with the people of Haiti at this time following the recent disastrous earthquake. The Torah states: “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor … (Lev. 19:16)” As Jews, we … Continue reading

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What … Tyranny and Chocolate???

This week I ran across a fun post in time for Hanukkah by a young Reform Rabbi on her blog, Frume Sarah’s World. As Jews, we share a unique responsibility in Tikkun Olam, in repairing the world and infusing it … Continue reading

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Kristallnacht, Conflict, and the Congo

It seems quite fitting that on the eve of the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, Monique and I attended a staged reading of RUINED at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Written by award winning playwright Lynn Nottage, RUINED is a powerful … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

The reason we seem to be talking past one another is an inverse view of our values. Christian values focus on Beliefs, then Belonging, and finally Behavior. You first want to make sure you believe the same things and go … Continue reading

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When pious men talk like idiots.

Should a Jew break Shabbos to save the life of a non-Jew? We think the answer to this question is a pretty obvious yes, but were dismayed to find genuine controversy on this within elements of the ultra-Orthodox community. A … Continue reading

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On girls and poverty

Did you know that, in the average “developing” country, when an educated girl earns income, she reinvests 90% of it in her family, compared to 35% for a boy? ¬†And yet, and yet … less than one half of one … Continue reading

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