Against the “Judeo-Christian Tradition”

Some American politicians like to claim that their policies are based on the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition. For Jews, there are no Judeo-Christian values and the Judeo-Christian...
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Religious Freedom and the Right to Abortion

Roe v. Wade is based on the Supreme Court’s decision that the Constitution includes a right to privacy and thus a woman’s right to determine whether or not she needs an abortion, i.e. what...
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Saving Shavuot

Poor Shavuot! It lacks the kind of home observance—like seders, matza and maror for Pesach; sukkahs, lulavs and etrogs for Sukkot; latkes, gifts and menorahs for Hanukkah—that would endear it to...
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Israel’s “Family Reunification” Law

I’m confused. The new Israeli government was seeking to extend the 2003 Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, the so-called “Family Reunification Law”, which typically involves an Israeli...
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Thoughts on Turning Seventy

Now that I have completed seventy earth orbits I feel it is time for some reflections. Seventy years is the start date of the planned obsolescence of the human body, as is stated in Psalm 90:10...
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A Dialogue

LGB “OK” LGBT “OK” LGBTQ “OK” “GQBLT...
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(they/them): Who Gives a S/he/it?

Call me old-fashioned or out-of-step or even reactionary, but I just cannot abide the use of “(they/them)” as the pronoun of choice that is increasingly popular among younger people who do not...
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How I Reconciled God, Torah and Homosexuality

The Bible has been used and abused by Jews as well as Christians to justify positions that subsequently became morally objectionable. Both slavery and the subservient status of women were defended at...
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Don’t Call Me White

Maybe it’s because I grew up in Toronto, Canada in the 1950s and had limited exposure to people whose African ancestors were brought to North America.  Perhaps it’s because I grew up mostly in...
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The Occasional Kvetch

“Kvetch” for those of you unfamiliar with the word is Yiddish, meaning to fret, complain or gripe.  I choose this word as key to my blog because, more often than not, something--usually an item...
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