Religion

Our Guide To Secular Jewish Life In Sweden!

Jan 24, 2018 | | Say something

The secularism of Swedish Jewish life has allowed women to have full and equal access to its Jewish communal leadership, with women running the country’s official community, its secular yeshiva, and its largest annual gathering in Limmud. Its religious institutions, however, are still exclusively male. Sweden’s secularism is partly responsible for its highly successful Limmud. […more]

Is Modern Rabbinic Judaism Based On A Myth?

Jan 20, 2018 | | Say something

“The rabbis neither “saved” nor “democratized” Judaism. They couldn’t have. Historians have quite clearly established that the rabbis were marginal — in some settings, even irrelevant — to the way Jews (religious and secular) of Second Temple times or Late Antiquity lived. The destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. was rhetorically constructed by […more]

Catalonia: A Distinct Torah Culture

Jan 20, 2018 | | Say something

Catalonia: A Distinct Torah Culture איש על דגלו באותות לבית אבותם (שם ב, ב). האר”י ז”ל היה אומר, כמו שיש ד’ דגלים, כך יש ד’ כתות בישראל חלוקים באיזה מנהגים, ספרד אשכנז קטלוניא אטליא, וכל אחד ישאר בדגלו לנהוג מנהגו. ואלו ואלו דברי אלקים חיים (דרך חיים תוכחות מוסר פרשת במדבר) There is more than […more]

DNA And The Origin Of Jews

Jan 17, 2018 | | Say something

History is messy, regardless whose history it is in this world. What is fact about Jewish history is that Jews do have BCE historical origins in the Middle East, as demonstrated by language philology, genealogy, archaeology, genetics, and written myths. Jews come in all colors and shapes from around this world. Some are ancestrally connected […more]

A 2700 Year Old ‘Governor of Jerusalem’ Seal Discovered

The historical and ancient presence of Jews in Jerusalem has never been in question, really. Except by those who wish to deny Jewish reality in this world. What has been in question throughout Jewish history is whether the nations and peoples around Jews are willing to allow Jews to live life in peace – without […more]

From Eretz To Gi To Terra To Ertha – It’s Only ‘Land’ And Not ‘Earth’

Dec 18, 2017 | | Say something

Here is the history of how the word “land” came to have two different meanings in the Bible in our modern times. In the time of the writing of the Jewish creation myths, every human being in the world believed the planet Earth to be flat in nature. They believed that there is only one […more]

What Are Jews, Exactly?

Dec 15, 2017 | | Say something

What are Jews, exactly? (The correct question has been asked!): “The rabbis of the Talmud declared that anyone who despises idol worship is called a Jew. Jews or Israelites are understood to be “God wrestlers.” Jews challenge authority even as they honor law, they value debate and dialogue and understand all who walk this earth […more]

The Palestinian People Are Victims Of Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Palestinians are the victim of Arab aggression towards Israel and Israel’s victories to this aggression. The political-military goal of Arab nations and the Palestinian authority is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. They do not actually care about the Palestinian people! The political-military goal of Israel is to reclaim all of […more]

Did God Create Atheists, Or Did Humans Create God?

Nov 19, 2017 | | Say something

It’s been asked: How can you be a Jew and an Atheist? The religious Jew’s response has been: Why did God create Atheists?* Well, if we look more closely: Technically, whether we wish to believe this or not, “God” is a human imagined concept. So, maybe the question should be, “How did God create atheists […more]

Etemenanki – the Real Babylonian ‘Tower of Babel’

Yes, the Tower of Babel (Etemenanki) actually existed. It was a completed Ziggurat in 600 BCE Babylon housing the Temple of Marduk. It was the basis for the later written Jewish myth, written by Jews of Israel who were conquered and brought to Babylon as workers. BUT, despite how the Jewish myth is presented in […more]