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Neal Schindler

Neal Schindler
A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. He has held staff positions at Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times and was a freelance writer for Jew-ish.com from 2007 to 2011. Schindler was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation and is now a member of Spokane's Reform congregation, Emanu-El. He is the director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

Ask a Jew: Are Jews saved because they are God’s chosen people?

Based on probably thousands of blog posts by pastors, and plenty of talk-show segments on evangelical media outlets like Moody Radio and the American Christian Network, I think we can safely say that from a conservative evangelical worldview, Jews who do not “trust in” Jesus (i.e., accept him as their personal savior and believe in him as the son of God) will not make it to heaven.

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Judaism’s prohibition against hunting for sport

The commenter stated that hunting for sport is not allowed in Judaism because it violates the commandment of tza'ar ba'alei chayim, the prohibition against unnecessary cruelty to animals, about which I’ve written before. It turns out that the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, whose interpretation of Judaism isn’t generally progressive, does come down on what I’d consider the enlightened side of the animal rights issue.

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Ask A Jew: Will my child be accepted into a Jewish community? Will I?

If a child’s mother is Jewish, the vast majority of Jewish communities will accept that child as Jewish. If a child’s father is Jewish but the mother is not, then Reform and Reconstructionist congregations, and other Jewish progressive communities (Renewal, Humanistic, etc.), will accept the child as Jewish if he or she is being raised Jewish.

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