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Enjoy the Ride

Magnet on fridge: I am not fifty; I am eighteen, with thirty two years of experience. It was a clear crisp May evening with an autumn wind blowing through...

Beyond the Myth: Mel Gibson

For a rabbi in Malibu, it was inevitable that people were going to ask my opinion on the Mel Gibson story and the hurtful statements he made about the...

How do we reconcile being the “Chosen Nation” with historically being the “Most Persecuted Nation”?

While we constantly hope and pray that we don’t experience any suffering, I don’t see how our suffering would contradicts the fact that we are...

Why is a child's Judaism determined by the mother?

The Mammas and the Pappas are both winners, but not in the same game. Jewish identity is due to matrilineal descent, meaning the Mommy determines the...

I am offended when others refer to me as a “Black Jew”...

Don’t be offended by what other people call you. Here is why: a) they might not intend it offensively in the first place. b) Even if there are...

Who is a Jew?

Regardless of what you believe or how you live your life, you’re Jewish if you fit either one of the following categories: 1) Your mother is...

Is there an obligation to circumcise the child of a Gentile mother and Jewish father?

A Jew is obligated to circumcise his Jewish child. However, Jewish law states1 that Judaism follows the mother and if the mother is non-Jewish then...

Where am I?

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...

What makes someone a "good Jew"?

Question: My boyfriend’s fourteen years old sister feels that I am a bad Jew because I am not as religious as she is and because of this she...

Eternal Rays of Light

The SunsetSeveral days ago, I sat with my family at the shores of Lake Huron enjoying a picturesque sunset. The sun descended over the water in a...