Halacha

To Bless, or Not to Bless? That is the Question.

June 3, 2014
To Bless, or Not to Bless?  That is the Question.

A few days ago someone posted a question on Facebook: if you are eating food that is not kosher, should you still say a blessing? Most traditional rabbis will instinctively say “no.”  After all, eating non-kosher food is a sin, and you shouldn’t say a blessing for doing a sin. There is also a...
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The God Who Hates Lies

January 27, 2012
The God Who Hates Lies

A lot of Jews think halacha (Jewish law) is a dry and boring subject. I can’t say that I blame them.  Some of the stuff that you can read about in the papers here in Israel would probably strike any normal person as pretty bizarre.  The latest being a rabbi in B’nei Brak who...
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Re’eh 5771 — Eating Animals

August 26, 2011
Re’eh 5771 — Eating Animals

For the last year and a half I have been struggling with a guilty conscience about what I eat. And I don’t like the feeling. It’s not that I run off somewhere for an occasional secret bacon fix, God forbid. I still follow all the rules – at least the letter of the rules...
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What’s in a name?

January 13, 2011

Can a person call himself whatever he wants to? If you live in America, you can legally change your name to just about anything. As reported in USA Today, a woman legally changed her name to “Cutoutdissection.com.” “Call her “Cutout” for short. Just don’t call her Jennifer.” There are countries in the world that...
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Bechukotai 5767 — Walking God’s Way

May 15, 2007
Bechukotai 5767 — Walking God’s Way

Im bechukotai talachu…“If you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them, Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall last to the time of vintage, and the vintage shall...
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Virtual immersions for virtual conversions?

June 8, 2006

My prayer for Israel is that someday it will be a country where all Jews get along together, where there is respect for religious pluralism and different points of view.  Unfortunately, Israel has a LONG way to go.  If you agree with the sentiments expressed in my below letter to Israel’s ambassador to the...
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