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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

New Biography of Philanthropist Fails to Ask Key Jewish Questions (REVIEW)

JNS.org - Professor Hasia Diner has a well-earned reputation as an insightful historian. But...

Conan O’Brien Tries Winning Over Israeli Woman While Covered in Dead Sea Mud

Conan O'Brien shared on his late night talk show on Monday a video...

15,000 People Attend Largest-Ever Israeli Cultural Festival in Europe

JNS.org - The largest-ever Israeli cultural event in Europe, TLV in LDN, attracted some...

Features

The Unheard Story: Bulgaria’s Rescue of 50,000 Jews During the Holocaust

You have probably heard of "Schindler’s List" -- Steven Spielberg’s movie, which brought to life...

IDF’s Underground Gaza Wall May Change Hamas Terror Strategies

Time may be running out for one of Hamas' main weapons against Israel:...

World

North Korea Threatens US With ‘Horrible Nuclear Strike’

North Korea warned Tuesday that the US will be destroyed if it chooses to defy the "military giant" led by leader Kim Jong Un. "In case the US opts for confrontation...

Israel

Israel Closes West Bank, Gaza Strip for Rosh Hashanah

The IDF announced on Tuesday that it will put in place a closure of the West Bank and Gaza Strip beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, ahead of the holiday...

Middle East

Abbas Tells Trump Israel-Palestinian Peace Deal Can Be Reached This Year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told US President Donald Trump Wednesday a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians can be reached this year, adding it could be "the deal of...

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