Month: December 2017

Jewish pride

Dire Predictions Fail, Guatemala Follows Suit

The mainstream media has been in an uproar since President Trump announced the U.S. Embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But not everyone is listening. Guatemala, for instance. Guatemala is moving its embassy, too. So are another score or so of other countries considering the same. Maybe it’s time to stop tuning …

Reform Movement

Reform Jews Don’t Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?

Temple Emanu-El. first Reform temple in the United States

President Trump made his daring pronouncement that Israel’s capital is its capital and while many were pleased in the Jewish community, the Reform Movement made a statement against the move. This was a real head scratcher. What? They don’t recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel??? And they’re JEWISH? Confusing. If we don’t have Jerusalem …

Intermarriage

Chanuka, the Greeks, and American Jews

Menora, dreidl, donuts, three symbols of Chanuka

If Chanuka was all about remaining true to Torah Judaism and not giving in to secular Greek culture, how is it possible for the holiday to remain relevant to Jews in America, the majority of whom are not orthodox, and are unlikely to marry Jews? Chanuka must be more than the Jewish version of Christmas. …