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Harry Zeitlin is a non-congregational orthodox rabbi. He is also a guitarist and visual artist. Currently living in Seattle, he is looking forward to relocating to Israel.

ARTICLES BY: Harry Zeitlin


December 2, 2016 3:30 am
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The Past, Present and Future of the Jews

Ki Ani Hashem Lo Shaniti (Malachi 3:6), "Because I am God, I do not change." A close reading of the very final words of the official...

October 14, 2016 6:00 am
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Israel Really Is Real

Israelis tend to speak plainly and directly and brook very little nonsense. This isn't to say that they lack a sense of humor, but it doesn't resemble the...

July 22, 2016 3:40 am
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Curses Into Blessings

Even an elementary approach to Parshat Balak demonstrates that, in the long run, our enemies are unable to curse us, because The Holy One will...

June 14, 2016 3:58 am
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What It Means to Be A Jew

There are so many attempts to define what it means to be a Jew. Is it genetic? Consensual? Opting-in? Participatory-only? Are you a Jew because...

June 7, 2016 6:02 am
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Conflicting Claims to the Land of Israel: What Every Yeshiva Boy Studying Basic Talmud Knows

One of the great tragedies of the modern Jewish state is that the Zionist movement, which birthed it, was (and still largely is) dominated almost...

May 10, 2016 7:16 am
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The Yitro Effect and US-Israel Relations

Israel never had a greater ally and supporter than Yitro (Jethro), Moshe’s father-in-law, a ger tzedek, a righteous convert. Vayichad Yitro al kol hatovah asher asah Hashem l’Yisrael (Shemot 19:9), “And Yitro rejoiced at...

April 21, 2016 6:18 am
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At the Seder: What If You Just Don’t Feel It?

There are likely to be at least a couple skeptics at most seder tables. The story of the Exodus, with it’s other-worldly plagues, set in the midst of detailed...

April 17, 2016 8:14 am
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A Passover Prayer for Health

Three times a day we recite the the eighth blessing in the Amida praying that all Israel be healed. The language is very specific. It says “Rofay kol amo...

April 10, 2016 1:07 pm
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Is the World Perfectible?

We don’t consider the material world to be perfectible, because we aim higher. Bringing the “world,” the "small universe" occupied by each individual Jew -- refining himself,...

March 30, 2016 7:20 am
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On Ambiguity

Too many people fear ambiguity. We love Purim with its clear-cut heroes -- Esther and Mordechai -- and villain Haman. There's no question that Pharaoh, who self-hardens...

March 23, 2016 6:47 am
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The Day After

Haman’s plot failed. He and all of his sons were hung on the gallows he had erected to kill Mordechai. Only yesterday condemned to death, he is...

March 18, 2016 6:48 am
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A Request for a Favor From Some of My Fellow Rabbis

I'd like to ask some of my colleagues a favor. I teach Torah for a living, often to people who don't have a lot of background....

March 6, 2016 8:14 am
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Unity = Survival

One of the miracles of the Jewish people is that, at least as a core group, we’ve remained united as one. Taking into consideration our vast...

February 29, 2016 8:41 am
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Exploiting Antisemitism

Yes, you read the title correctly. We can employ antisemitism for our own benefit. Of course, we’d be better off with out it, but since...

Culture

Patriots Owner Kraft Apologizes in First Statement Since Charges

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft apologized on Saturday in his first public statement since he was charged for soliciting...

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Give Hamentashen to White House Reporters for Purim

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner gave hamentashen to White House reporters on Wednesday for...

Features

Albert Einstein’s Brilliance, Humor, and Literal Connection to Israel

JNS.org - One thing is for sure: While the writing on the pages...

Jewish Singer Uses Music to Get Through a Rocky Road

In the age of streaming music, releasing an album with 21 songs might not be the best business move. Giving...

Volunteers Bond with Residents at ‘Special’ Center in the Negev

JNS.org - When Nina Paul first visited ALEH Negev Nahalat-Eran several years ago,...

World

Bolsonaro Spokesman: Brazil’s Israel Embassy Move Requires More Study

Brazil's decision on whether to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem deserves deeper study, and that is what President Jair Bolsonaro is doing, his spokesman said on Monday. General Otavio...

Israel

Netanyahu Tells AIPAC Conference: Those Seeking to Divide US and Israel Wil...

The US-Israel relationship must not be taken for granted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at AIPAC’s Policy Conference...

Middle East

Hamas Prisoners Attack Two Guards, One Seriously Injured

JNS.org - Two guards at Ketziot Prison in southern Israel were wounded, one seriously, when Hamas prisoners stabbed them late Sunday night after clashes broke out at the facility. Both guards...

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