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Every year, the world gears up for the Superbowl, and even people who don’t follow football take an interest. Somehow, the NFL has captured the imagination of the masses; the show, the glitz, the contest, and the party combine to make it an entertaining evening.
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B’haalotcha: The Individualized Collective

June 16, 2019 – 12:14 am | Comments Off on B’haalotcha: The Individualized Collective1,778 views
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An individualized collective is a collective that doesn’t require its members to surrender their individuality before joining the collective. On the surface, this sounds patently obvious; everyone ought to agree with it, right? Wrong. In real life it is very difficult to find the balance between the two. The great …

Purim: Jewish Identity

March 16, 2019 – 10:41 pm | Comments Off on Purim: Jewish Identity1,678 views
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Can we deny our Jewish identity? This question was a subject of debate among Jews since the advent of the Jewish enlightenment. Reeling under the burden of antisemitism, many Jews concluded that if they were to conform in dress and behavior to the wider population, they would blend in and …

Vayeshev: Identity Crisis

December 15, 2015 – 10:58 pm | Comments Off on Vayeshev: Identity Crisis2,765 views
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The Schism
Are you different things to different people? Do your workplace and home environment support conflicting values? Is your social culture different from your religious culture? Does your family live by one ethos and your neighbors by another?
How do you deal with the dichotomy? Do you blend in wherever you …

Chanukah: The Diaspora Mindset

December 17, 2014 – 3:39 pm | Comments Off on Chanukah: The Diaspora Mindset2,582 views
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A Changed Perspective
It was several years ago, upon my return from a December trip to Israel, that I realized how deeply the diaspora had disaporized (to coin a new term) me. The seasonal decorations and music that pervade the public arena this time of year, were completely absent in Israel. …

Purim: When Hebrews Became Jews

March 13, 2011 – 1:47 am | Comments Off on Purim: When Hebrews Became Jews5,018 views
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The Jews
Today we are known as Jews, but in the Torah we were known as Hebrews and Israelites. Who are we really, Hebrews, Israelites or Jews? The more I think about it, the more I feel an identity crisis coming on.

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Sukkot: Public Displays of Jewish Pride

September 30, 2009 – 8:44 pm | Comments Off on Sukkot: Public Displays of Jewish Pride6,050 views
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Inside Outside
I know you are Jewish at home, but are you comfortable with your Judaism on the street? Would you walk home from Shull with a Talit (prayer shawls) on your shoulders? Do you sport a kippah (head covering) when shopping at your local grocery store? Are you Jewish outside …

Sukkot: Inside Outside

September 24, 2007 – 6:25 pm | Comments Off on Sukkot: Inside Outside5,549 views
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The Outdoors
In his book, “Inside Outside,” Herman Wouk describes the struggle of living a Jewish life in a non Jewish society. It is a masterful description of living by one set of values at home and encountering a different one on the street.

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Miketz: Who Are We?

December 25, 2005 – 2:41 am | Comments Off on Miketz: Who Are We?2,687 views
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The Lost Child
When I was younger my father often talked of the proverbial child who never got to school on time. If it wasn’t his pants, it was his hat. If it wasn’t his hat, it was his socks. If it wasn’t his clothing, it was his homework. There was …