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I Am Jewish, But I Am Not Sure What Judaism Is

Despite the fact that Judaism is the oldest living faith in the western world, there is no universally accepted definition of Judaism.  Consequently, Jews often have difficulty explaining what Judaism is and what Judaism is not. If Judaism is to survive in a meaningful way in...

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A magic bullet that will save Judaism in America

While many Jews are flourishing in America, many synagogues in America are stagnant or declining. In many synagogues there are more people over fifty than under ten.   It is questionable whether most synagogues will be viable entities by the end of this century. What can synagogues...

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Seattle and Belarus: the plight of two Jewish communities

The paternal ancestors of mobilerabbi were wandering Jews in Belarus.  The Harkavy family originated in the Belarussian city of Novogrudok. Virtually the entire Jewish civilian population of Belarus (800,000 Jews) was murdered during the Holocaust. 100 years ago, there were over 700 synagogues in Belarus. After the Holocaust,...

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I am 5% Jewish and Proud of it!

The average American Jew practices Judaism approximately 5% of his or her entire life.  At the same time, according to recent surveys, the overwhelming majority of Jews state they’re re proud to be Jewish. American Jews are proud to be Jewish even though Judaism plays a...

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What percentage of our entire lives are we Jewish?

According to my good friend Alexa, the average American lives approximately 80 years or 29,220 days (this includes leap years). During these 29,200 days, how many days does the typical American Jew practice being Jewish? According to Alexa’s close friend, Google Assistant, each year most American Jews...

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The Nazis are marching in my hometown

A message to the people of Newnan, Georgia: Although I live in Seattle, I still have a home in Newnan, Georgia. Sadly, on April 21st, Newnan is scheduled to be visited by a very unwelcome presence, white nationalists, Nazis.  It is tragic that the Nazis have selected...

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Larry David or Rabbi Cohen

  If given a choice, who would you prefer to have officiate at your Jewish wedding: a secular Jewish celebrity or a rabbi? Couples who identify themselves as “not religious” or “secular” and view the wedding ceremony merely as a prelude to the social festivities would probably...

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