What is a Jewish film festival’s purpose? To introduce audiences to a few examples of the limitless ways people can be Jewish? Is it primarily a teaching tool?Read More »
Disagreements for the sake of heaven
From a Jewish perspective, agreeing to disagree is nothing new.Read More »
Ask A Jew: Is the Wailing Wall truly a remnant of the Second Temple?
I have read that there is controversy about whether the Wailing Wall truly is a remnant of the Second Temple or whether it is part of a Roman fortress. What does the evidence indicate?Read More »
A festival of much-needed uplift
In addition to calling for real, needed action against neo-Nazism and its apologists, Jews I know are also making it clear that they’re not going anywhere; that they can’t be cowed by hate; and that Jewish tradition itself provides essential tools to deal with bigotry. It’s highly appropriate, then, that the upcoming Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival (full disclosure: I organize it) highlights themes of Jewish resilience and perseverance in the face of daunting challenges.Read More »
Ask A Jew: How come Jews pound their chest when they pray?
How come sometimes, when Jews pray (like during Yom Kippur services), they pound their chests with their fists?Read More »
Ask A Jew: The Balfour Declaration
What relationship does the Balfour Declaration have with Hitler's hatred of Jews and the creation of the nation of Israel?Read More »