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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


July 25, 2019 6:55 am
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Why Shabbat Cannot Be Postponed

Rashi asks the question: Why does the Torah need to specify that the Sabbath offering should be brought on Shabbat? If it is called a...

July 18, 2019 9:27 am
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Vow to Wed Yourself to Judaism, and Life

The great Chassidic leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, complaining about the Jews’ detachment from Judaism, once said that when a bridegroom stands under the...

June 6, 2019 8:47 am
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Is the Torah Really Divine? Thoughts on Shavuot

One of the most challenging aspects in Judaism is how to relate to the concept of revelation. The uncompromising claim by (Orthodox) Judaism that the...

May 30, 2019 7:00 am
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A Bar Mitzvah as a Vote of Confidence

Few matters are as misunderstood as Judaism’s “obsession with the law.” In the life of a religious Jew, not a moment goes by that he...

May 24, 2019 4:36 pm
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Emerging Cracks in Jewish Education

The Holy of Holies -- the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle and later the Temple in Jerusalem -- was an area that only the High...

May 9, 2019 8:51 am
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Yom Haatzmaut: The Eternal Marriage Between Israel and the Jews Must Be Nurtured

This year’s Yom Haatzmaut celebration commemorates the 71st anniversary of a marriage that has lasted more than 3,500 years. This may sound like a paradox -- but...

April 19, 2019 10:20 am
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Why Do We Eat Matzah on Passover? For Humility

The Talmud, in tractate Berachoth (17a), poses the question of why it is forbidden to eat or even to possess chametz on Pesach. What is there...

April 3, 2019 8:13 am
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The Israeli Elections: Radical Otherness

As we are asked to vote for a new Israeli government, it may be important to consider some crucial issues that seem to be overlooked...

March 20, 2019 7:35 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Culture

New York Yankees Acquire Jewish Pitcher Scott Effross From Chicago Cubs

The New York Yankees acquired Jewish pitcher Scott Effross on Monday in a...

Anne Frank House Releases English Video Series About Fate of Young Diarist After Her Arrest

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will release an English-language video...

World

Heavy Rocket Barrage Targets Israeli Cities Amid Ceasefire Efforts

Rockets continued to be fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group from the Gaza Strip into southern and central Israel Sunday afternoon amid renewed efforts for an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire...

Israel

Shin Bet Coordinator Speaks with Gaza Resident to Warn of Strike

i24 News – A coordinator from Israel’s security service Shin Bet spoke with a Palestinian resident of the Gaza Strip ahead of an Israeli strike on a Palestinian Islamic Jihad...

Middle East

‘Shameful’ Delay in Cabinet Formation Causing Lebanon’s D...

Lebanon's top Christian cleric said on Sunday it is "shameful" that politicians have yet to form a new cabinet nearly...

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