The Rabbis and the 2nd Temple Era

Judaism has always been rife with multiple view points and has given birth to various denominations and schismatic movements. One of the most significant has led to the birth of the Judaism we follow today: Rabbinic Judaism. Rabbinic Judaism is a direct descendent of the Pharisaic movement during the time of the 2nd Temple in […]

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Memory Makes Holy

Memory is an amazing thing, it informs our beliefs, our actions, our likes and our dislikes. In essence it makes us who we are and differentiates us from everyone else. Collective memory is just as impressive as individual memory, possibly even more so. It informs group identity which in turn makes us cringe when someone […]

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Before there were JAP’s there were Ghetto Girls

Stereotypes abound in any society, groups are constantly categorized and when one definition doesn’t work another group arises in its place. The Ghetto Girl, a generally forgotten Jewish stereotype, was prominent in New York during the turn of the 20th century. These so called “girls” were all Lower Eastside Jewish women who were immigrants or […]

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A Stationary Journey

Throughout the bible there is significant movement between time and geography. After all we start with the creation of the earth and man in Bereshit (Genesis), move forward to the first monotheistic experience with Abraham, and embark on the wonders of the unification of the Jewish people under Moses. The third book of the Torah, […]

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