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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...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

Israel

Israel Should Be ‘Commended’ for Saving Palestinian Lives on Ga...

A former commander of British military forces in Afghanistan told the UN Human Rights Council on Friday that IDF troops...

Middle East

Egypt’s Sisi Orders Gaza Border Opened for Ramadan

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered on Thursday that the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip be opened for the whole of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he...

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