11 Things “The Ten Commandments” Movie Got Wrong

Growing up in secular America, it was always a major event when they would broadcast The Ten Commandments on one of the major, primetime networks. Although I watched it on a television screen decades after it “played on the big screen, it still took my breath away – even as a child of the eighties, […]

How Do We Deal With Sexist Biblical Commentaries?

God is connected to everyone who reaches out to Him, as the Midrash (Eliyahu Rabbah, 9) teaches, “I call heaven and earth to witness that whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, slave or maidservant, everything is according to their actions that the divine spirit rests on them.” Every place the Torah and Talmud discuss holiness and […]

Leonard Cohen’s Orthodox Jewish Upbringing and Shabbos Observance

Beloved singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died last week at the age of 82. Most famous for penning the hauntingly poignant ballad “Hallelujah” among other songs in the past 40 years, as well as poetry and novels, not many people were aware that Cohen was born and raised Orthodox, spent some time involved in Buddhism then returned […]

How Can The Torah Be True Considering Sotah and Polygamy? Pt. 2

Is the Torah still relevant? Part II The following post contains excerpts of an email conversation between a Jew in the City reader and our Rabbinic Correspondent, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz. Due to the length, it has been broken into two parts. Part I here. Dear Jew in the City, Am I to view the troubling […]

How Could The Torah Be True When It Includes Sacrifices & Genocide? Pt. 1

The following post contains excerpts of an email conversation between a Jew in the City reader and our Educational Correspondent, Rabbi Jack Abramowitz. Due to the length, it has been broken into two parts. Dear Jew in the City, Am I to view the troubling and seemingly irrelevant parts of the Torah as a history […]

What Is The Jewish View on Ghosts?

The Ghostbusters franchise has come back from the dead, raising questions on what Judaism teaches about ghosts. According to the Torah, do ghosts haunt our society, crossing over from the dead to appear before and communicate with the living? Texts spanning millennia offer two different approaches within Jewish belief. Judaism teaches that death does not […]

One Minute Insight: What Shavuos Can Teach Us About Marriage

Want to know a secret to feeling closer to your spouse? It’s all in how you say it.   Seth Feldman – producer Elliot Gabor – director of photography http://eliecreative.com Danny Moallem – production assistant  

Do I Have to Stay up All Night Long on Shavuos?

  Dear Jew in the City, As I get older, it gets hard to stay up all night long on Shavuos to learn. So am I obligated to? And where does this idea come from? Sincerely, So Tired   Dear So Tired, Shavuos is in many ways an atypical holiday. There are three Festivals in […]

How Can The Torah Let A Man Sell His Daughter into Slavery?

Dear Jew in the City, I heard that the Torah says that a woman must marry her rapist and that a father can sell his daughter into slavery? How can we possibly accept such horrible ideas in the modern world? Sincerely, Biblical Inequality   Dear Inequality, That’s a great question. It is true that not […]

What an Orthodox Bat Mitzvah Means to a Mother

On the occasion of my eldest’s bat mitzvah which took place this past Sunday, I got to thinking about what it means to be the parent of a child who becomes a bat mitzvah – and an Orthodox one at that. In my pre-observant days, my bat mitzvah was mostly about memorizing the Torah portion, […]

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