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Are ultra-Orthodox Israelis trending towards modernism?

by Eliana Rudee

August 26, 2016 | 2:36 pm

Charedi Orthodox Jews in Israel on March 2, 2014. Photo from Yaakov Naumi/FLASH90

To the unknowing viewer, Israel’s Ultra Orthodox (Haredim) population is trending decidedly away from modernism. Walking past women in the streets of... More.

  • Organizing the Bible and Talmud

    by N.S. Palmer

    August 22, 2016 | 9:55 am

    Do you know what it says in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, verse 3?

    Unless you’re a rabbi or a savant, you probably don’t. Neither do I. But we... More.

  • Why are people so mean on the Internet?

    by N.S. Palmer

    August 18, 2016 | 3:25 pm

    Why are people so mean on the Internet?

    A couple of obvious suspects are not causes. Political polarization is sad, but it's not the problem. Every... More.

  • Biblical writers were math nerds

    by N.S. Palmer

    August 15, 2016 | 8:00 am

    We normally look to the Bible for morals, religious inspiration, and history. But are you excited to learn that there’s some mathematics in there, too? ... More.

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  • Eicha - The most difficult of questions

    by Chaplain Marita Anderson

    August 11, 2016 | 3:09 pm

    On Tisha B’Av, we read Lamentations, one of the most difficult books in the biblical canon.  I once read that the opening of the book of Lamentations,... More.

  • Outside Lands star Anderson Paak sampled Israel’s national anthem

    By Eitan Arom

    August 9, 2016 | 3:52 pm

    For a brief moment, a snippet of Israel’s national anthem rang out over a frenzied crowd at the Outside Lands music festival in Golden Gate Park on Aug.... More.

  • Tisha B’Av Turns Tragedy into Strength

    by N.S. Palmer

    August 8, 2016 | 10:19 am

    “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat.”

    According to the late comedian Alan King, that’s the explanation of most Jewish holidays.

    It’s... More.

  • “Why is everybody wrong except me?”

    by N.S. Palmer

    August 4, 2016 | 10:23 am

    “These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote American founder Thomas Paine.

    Our own times are more likely to try people’s patience than their... More.

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