Allen: Aron, at some point I’d like to turn our focus to the basics of Jewish thought– partly because discovering the nature of our human experience is a worthwhile goal in itself, and partly because, as I’ve suggested before, any progressive religious movement needs solid doctrinal ground to stand on. Beliefs matter. We want to feel… Read More David Friedman and the Parting of the Ways
Allen: Hanukkah always brings back some warm and fuzzy memories. Dancing around the menorahs, spinning the dreidels, flipping latkes. Most of all, belting out the lyrics to our classic holiday carol: When You [God] has prepared the slaughter for the blaspheming foe, then I will complete with a song of hymn for the dedication of… Read More The War on Hanukkah
Aron: The other day, I wrote an article for Tikkun in which I used (at your suggestion) a Talmudic discussion to argue that American Jewish institutions should condemn Steve Bannon’s appointment. A cousin of mine objected to my use of the Talmud as backup. He wrote: Why look to the Talmud as opposed to some other ancient… Read More Who Needs Talmud?