As the internet celebrated the victory of a non-alleged pedophile in Alabama, many on social media reveled in the idea of the election as a Hanukkah miracle. Besides the fact that Dr. Oz has essentially ruined that word for me forever, I am more reluctant to say it was a miracle. Sure, it was a triumph of good over evil. And yes, the victory of Doug Jones was a small repudiation of our assaulter-in-chief. But these ideas are not what Hanukkah is “all about.”
It’s not that I don’t appreciate acts of generosity. It is that my brain still does not know how to comprehend new wealth that I didn’t earn.
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Be open because having numerous voices makes your experience richer. Whether or not Orthodoxy responds should not affect your bottom line.
Large Jewish non-profits cater to many Jews, working hard to be inclusive. Except, too often, for the Sabbath- and kosher-observant.
“And Thou Shalt Love” disturbed me. It’s about Ohad (Uri Lachmi), an Israeli Yeshiva student who struggles with his homosexuality.
When Orthodox-raised Eli Reiter got dragged to an egalitarian prayer service, he felt shaken. He wasn’t supposed to like it. And yet, there he was, moved.
The so-called ‘knockout’ game has already struck unsuspecting Jews in New York and elsewhere. Eli Reiter feels himself experiencing a uniquely Jewish kind of fear.