Contemporary religious life is replete with challenges. In a highly secular society it is difficult to remain religious in its authentic sense. This often becomes especially clear when one enters a synagogue hoping for an uplifting religious experience.
In one of its most fascinating narratives, the Talmud (Shabbath 88a) draws attention to the problem of religious coercion. The passage reports how God threatened the Jews standing at Mount Sinai and delivered an ultimatum. Lifting the mountain and holding it over their heads, He pronounced: “If you accept the Torah, fine; if not, there […]
There is one law in the Jewish tradition that no doubt has puzzled many of its scholars: that which prohibits the Jew from mixing milk with meat. Its source is found in the Torah (Shemoth 23:19, 34:26; Devarim 14:21), but no clue is provided as to its meaning.
Reprinted at the request of many who attended Limmud Conference, Warwick, UK, December 2011; Original printing in Israel’s Hebrew weekly Makor Rishon newspaper, December 2009
Don’t be shocked. But I need to be honest. I am contemplating taking off my kippah. No, do not worry. I have no intention of becoming irreligious, or even less religious. Far from it. In fact, I want to become more religious and have come to the conclusion that my kippah prevents me from doing so.
This time of year Millions of eyes are on one Jew: Jesus. While we Jews have no part in this, it is important that we ask ourselves why this man has fascinated the world as few people ever have, yet simultaneously has been totally rejected by the Jews. What can be learned from the tragic story of a man who is worshiped by many as a god but seen by the Jews as nearly an outcast?
One of the great problems any religious person must struggle with is whether or not it is actually possible to be religious. What, after all, is the essence of genuine religiosity? It is no doubt cognizance of the fact that one lives in the presence of God and feels and acts accordingly. To do so, […]
There is nobody like our God! Who is like our God? Few prayers are more perplexing than the one called “Ein Keloh-enu.” This famous song-prayer is sung at the end of the morning prayer. But it makes little sense. In fact, it seems more than just odd. We first sing “Ein Keloh-enu” (There is nobody […]
This month Rabbi Cardozo will return to Limmud UK, to be held at the University of Warwick, from December 23 – 29, with over 3,000 participants in attendance. One of the most important international venues for Jewish education and learning, Limmud has again invited Rabbi Cardozo as a featured presenter at the conference. Rabbi Cardozo’s […]
The recent graduation commencement of the 2010/2011 Cardozo-Kagan Jewish Leadership Program, held at the IDC in Herzliya, honored the second class of CKJLP Fellows. As part of the ceremony, a symposium discussed “Can There Be a Future Where There is No Past? The Place of Judaism in Education in Israel.” Panelists Dr. Micha Goodman, Dr. […]
DCA Founder and Dean Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo will serve as Shavuot Scholar-in-Residence at Bnai David-Judea in Los Angeles, California, congregation of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, as well as speak at the Young Israel of North Beverly Hills, congregation of Rabbi Alan Kalinsky, and at several fundraising events in the Los Angeles area. Rabbi Cardozo recently served […]