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Posts Tagged: Nathan Lopes Cardozo

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...

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...

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...

March 16, 2018 9:14 am

New Book About Halacha Is Exciting and Invigorating

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo developed his philosophy on Halacha -- Jewish law -- over many years. His views on the subject include what he sees as problems in...

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...

October 23, 2016 7:48 am

Seeing the Torah Through New Eyes Each Year

For hundreds of years, Jews have followed the custom of completing the yearly Torah reading on Simchat Torah, only to immediately begin all over again. Why...

October 14, 2016 7:29 am

The Paradox of Sukkot: Finding Joy in Uncertainty

When contemplating the festival of Sukkot, we are confronted with a remarkable paradox. As is well known, the Sukkah visualizes our life span in the world....

September 12, 2016 3:51 am

Dogma Is No Substitute for Faith

Faith can only be found in the light of one’s soul -- never in dogma. Dogmas reach only the mind, not the human heart. Trying to translate...

July 7, 2016 6:06 am

There Is No Faith Without Uncertainty

Faith means striving for faith. It is never an arrival. It can only burst forth at singular moments. It does not arise out of logical...

June 9, 2016 3:45 am

Would You Convert Like Yitro?

As we are confronted with a serious increase in the number of Jews who have not only left the fold, but are actively involved in...


Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream - 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...


South Korea Says North Korea Committed to Trump Summit and ‘Complete&...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to "complete" denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to a planned...


Israel to Issue Its Own Report on Gaza Riots, Won’t Collaborate With ...

Israel will not collaborate with the United Nations Human Rights Council on an investigation into the recent riots on the...

Middle East

Iran Security Forces to Confront Unrest That Serves US -Judiciary

Iranian security forces will "resolutely confront" unrest that could be exploited by the United States and other enemies, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, after a wave of protests over...