Judaism

An Open Letter to American Jews (and an explanation for Christians)

Many of you feel understandably dazed and confused. People that you’d always thought of as friends or colleagues seem astonishingly complacent about the mass murder of Jews. Institutions like academia, media, and minority advocacy groups, that you’d always trusted as embodying the very best of enlightenment liberal outlook proudly side with those who raped, tortured, […]

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I disagree with what you said

(We received this comment in response to a recent Thought Tool, Egypt Made Me Do It, discussing the Biblical message not to focus on past evils. We felt that it was a worthy question for this format.) I respectfully do not at all understand your belief that Jews do not focus on the past problems...

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Is Judaism defined by one’s mother or father?

Question: In the Bible, genealogies are stated mostly in terms of fathers and sons. Yet, in speaking to contemporary Jews, I am told that the determination of whether one is a Jew or not depends upon the mother’s lineage and faith.   Is that the Biblical standard or was that changed over time? ∼ Christopher...

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Is it okay to lie?

Question: I would like to know the ancient Jewish wisdom on lying. Although it is forbidden it seems to be condoned at times in the Bible, such as the stories of Rahab and the Jewish midwives in Egypt.   Could it be that it is permissible where it is for the greater good rather than...

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