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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

March 20, 2019 7:35 am

To Keep Young Jews, We Must Tell Them to Question Their Teachers

For me, it is a great privilege to dedicate my life to Jewish education, and I wouldn't exchange it for anything else. But I have...

February 28, 2019 10:29 am

My Controversy With the Mainstream Orthodox Community

When I was about 14 years old, I was drawn to Judaism for reasons I have discussed earlier. We lived in a small town called...

February 14, 2019 7:51 am

The Lesson of Spinoza: Judaism Must Be Tolerant and Allow Dissenting Views

It would be too much to say that I was "raised on the knees" of Spinoza, but it's definitely true that my father was a...

February 6, 2019 9:04 am

Yes to the Ayalon Bridge on Shabbat, But No to the Eurovision Song Contest

On September 1, 2016, I published an essay discussing the crisis about people working on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv railway on Shabbat. I argued that if it...

January 31, 2019 7:17 am

My Search for and Momentary Loss of God

I believe I've had some of my spiritual personality since I was a youngster. There was always a dimension of amazement and mystery that accompanied...

January 3, 2019 7:00 am

The Non-Existent God and Our Need to Serve Him

According to one quote, “God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.” Indeed, to describe God is like trying to present something...

December 17, 2018 1:14 pm

Judaism Needs Big Ideas and to Challenge the Orthodoxy

It is time to start thinking big about Judaism. Great opportunities are awaiting us, and too much is at stake to let them pass by....

December 6, 2018 9:43 am

Parashat Mikketz: The Pain of Being a Tzaddik

When looking at the lives of the Avot, the three forefathers of the people of Israel, it is remarkable to note that not one of...

November 29, 2018 12:01 pm

Parashat Vayeshev: Hanukkah and the Future of Israel

History -- the study of cause and effect in our world -- has been a serious challenge for honest historians. In many ways, interpreting history...

November 25, 2018 10:25 am

Parashat Vayishlach: A Warning to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

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

November 14, 2018 12:45 pm

Should We Be Fearful of Religion?

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 8, 2018 9:21 am

Parashat Toldot: Admitting a Mistake (Even God Does)

Nothing is more difficult than admitting a mistake, yet nothing is more human than making one. In several places, the Torah deals with the need for...

October 24, 2018 9:15 am

The Curse of Religious Boredom

"Man is the only animal that can be bored." -- Erich Fromm Psychologists tell us that one of man's greatest enemies today is boredom. Sometimes, when...

October 18, 2018 9:59 am

We Will Never Understand God’s Motives and Must Learn to Accept It

And God said to Noah: "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth has become full of robbery because of them,...


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...


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,...


Jewish Council Warns Against Antisemitism at Scottish Universities

A representative body of Scottish Jewish communities has warned of concerning levels of antisemitism faced by Jewish students and teachers face at Scottish universities. In a submission to the Equality and Human...


On 40th Anniversary, Israel-Egypt Peace Deal Hailed for Opening ‘New ...

Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. The 1979 agreement -- brokered by then-US President...

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...