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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

June 14, 2018 2:07 pm

Parshat Korach: Finding Happiness in Others’ Success

They assembled against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much upon yourselves, for the entire congregation are all holy, and the...

June 7, 2018 1:36 pm

Parasha Shelach: Speaking Lashon Hara About the World

They spread an [evil] report about the land which they had scouted, telling the children of Israel, "The land we passed through to explore is...

May 27, 2018 10:56 am

Why a Second Yom Tov?

One of the most puzzling laws in Halacha (Jewish law) is the requirement to observe a second Yom Tov (festival day) in all Jewish communities...

May 18, 2018 4:07 pm

The Deeper Meaning of Shavuot — Balancing Authenticity and Norms

One of humanity’s strongest longings today is the need for authenticity. We want to be ourselves -- or to become ourselves. We admire childrens' spontaneity, because they...

May 10, 2018 8:20 am

Parshat Bechukotai: To Have or To Be, That Is the Question

“Your threshing season will last until your grape harvest and your grape harvest will last until the time you plant. You will have your fill...

April 27, 2018 2:18 pm

A Forgotten Mission: The True Responsibility of Being Jewish

There is a high price to pay for living as a Jew. One must be holy in order to be accepted. One is commanded to...

April 19, 2018 3:04 pm

Seventy Years of an Unyielding 3,330-Year Marriage

This year's Yom HaAtzmaut commemorates the anniversary of a marriage that has lasted more than 3,000 years -- and has now completed its 70th year. This...

March 25, 2018 11:10 am

Plato’s Haggadah in the ‘Dialogues’

Now that Jews all over the world will once again assemble around the Seder table and read the Haggadah -- the story of the exodus from Egypt -- it...

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...


Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wears Tefillin in New Instagram Video

Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a video on Tuesday of him putting on...

German Festival Cancels Scottish Band’s Concert Due to Its BDS Support

A German arts and music festival announced on Wednesday it was cancelling a concert...


Amid F-35 Expectations, the F-16 Remains the Backbone of Israel’s Air Power - Despite the excitement and expectations generated by the arrival of the...

Making Beautiful Food and Music: The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Trip to Israel - A delegation of 60 donors from the Philadelphia Jewish Federation traveled to...

Haley: UN Makes ‘Morally Bankrupt Judgement’ by Passing Resolution Against Israel - The UN General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Israel...


Trump Backs Down, Signs Order to End Family Separations at US Border

US President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and abroad, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents...


Israel’s Netanyahu Warns of Cyber Risks That Can Down Fighter Jets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on governments worldwide on Wednesday to join forces to defend against cyber threats that he said could even bring down military and civilian aircraft. Cyber...

Middle East

Lebanon Minister Moves to Calm Dispute Over Iranian Passport Stamps

Lebanon's interior minister tried on Wednesday to calm a dispute over a change in rules for entering the country, which some politicians feared reflects deepening influence of Iran and its...