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Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo is the Founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy, as well as the author of 13 books and numerous articles in both English and Hebrew. Hailing from the Netherlands, Rabbi Cardozo is known for his original and often fearlessly controversial insights into Judaism.

ARTICLES BY: Nathan Lopes Cardozo

February 22, 2018 12:09 pm

Amalek: A Warning to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

The Jews’ most formidable enemy in Biblical times was the nation of Amalek. Amalek was, and symbolically still is, the personification of evil, brutality, racism...

February 15, 2018 4:18 pm

The Enduring Preciousness of the Secular Jew

We live in an age of unabashed irreverence. Debunking has become the norm, and at every turn, we experience a need to expose the clay...

January 12, 2018 11:21 am

Moses — The Successful Failure

Throughout history, some of the greatest people have often failed time and again, until they eventually made it to the top. Others thought that they had...

January 1, 2018 1:28 pm

How to Solve the Jewish Conversion Crisis

Conversion is a serious matter. It signals a transformation and involves a tremendous amount of soul-searching. Human beings are more than just accumulations of plasma,...

November 30, 2017 10:41 am

The Retreat of Creative Thinking From Judaism

Most of our yeshivot have retreated from creative thinking. We encourage the narrowest specialization rather than push for daring ideas. We are producing a generation...

November 29, 2017 1:56 pm

Be Fearful of Religion: Parashat Veyetze

Being religious is fraught with danger. People are often pulled in directions where they can easily break their necks. To be religious is to allow...

November 2, 2017 1:59 pm

Teachers, Students and Judaism

It is out of the notion expressed in earlier essays that my philosophy on Judaism has gradually emerged. It is a slow process that has...

October 11, 2017 11:19 am

Simchat Torah: The Unyielding Sefer Torah

Simchat Torah presents us with a rare paradox. On no other occasion do we celebrate our relationship with the Torah as we do on this...

August 17, 2017 11:17 am

Why We Need a Year of Mourning for Our Parents

The Torah warns us against excessive mourning in a most unusual way: “You are the children of God your Lord. Do not mutilate yourselves and...

June 15, 2017 10:16 am

Finding the Goodness in Our World

Woody Allen, a keen but unusual observer of our world, once remarked: “More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path...

May 5, 2017 11:26 am

Jews Are Not Inherently Righteous; Only Our Actions Make Us So

No word in the Torah is as central to Judaism as the word kedusha (holiness). But no word in the Jewish tradition is as dangerous as this...

March 30, 2017 6:38 am

Why Sacrifices?

Does Judaism really need animal sacrifices? Would it not be better off without them? After all, the sacrificial cult seems to weaken Judaism. What should a highly...

March 9, 2017 8:00 am

Purim and the Challenge of the Holocaust

In the midrash on Mishlei, we read the following: All of the festivals will be nullified in the future [the messianic age], but Purim will never be...

February 23, 2017 9:04 am

Toys — and the Torah — Require Questions and Imagination

One of the most unique talents that human beings are blessed with is the faculty of imagination. Unlike any other creature, humans have nearly unlimited potential...


Activist Showcases 70 Israeli Destinations in Project for Israel’s Independence Day

A Florida-based pro-Israel activist has launched a project showcasing 70 locations...

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Taylor Force Act Hits Snag in Senate, as Pro-Israel Groups Urge Passage - Amid never-ending speculation over the release of President Donald Trump’s anticipated Israeli-Palestinian...

Study: Latest Palestinian Textbooks Show Increased Indoctrination to Jihad and Martyrdom - In July 2017, the Palestinian Authority (PA) schoolbooks for the...

Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...


After Anti-Israel Referendums, University Leaders Defend Academic Freedom, ...

The leaders of universities where anti-Israel referendums were considered this month recently spoke out in defense of academic freedom and...


Tech Billionaire Elon Musk Salutes Israel as ‘Technological Power,...

Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk believes that Israel is a "technological power" with a bright future, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Middle East

Palestinian Cold War Heats Up as Reconciliation Efforts Fail - The Palestinian Authority wasted little time in blaming Hamas for a roadside bomb that went off last week in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. It was far too close for comfort...