Join 400,000 Aish subscribers
GET EMAIL UPDATES
Going to the mikvah is not about getting clean. It’s about getting alive.
5 critical lessons I learned along the way.
It’s unnecessary and unbecoming.
According to the recent Pew study, 53% of Jews who recently married another Jew are orthodox.
Has Hanukkah in America become a testament to assimilation?
A number of Jews have been victims of this frightening new trend.
Nelson Mandela is a celebrity hero of the spirit and moral conviction.
Hanukkah and celebrity worship.
Help! Our son seems resentful that we don’t have a comparable celebration.
It starts with the intellect and slowly enters the heart.
Nissim Black’s search for light amidst the darkness.
The power of the menorah’s flame.
My grandfather taught me to live in the spectacular now.
How parents can teach their kids to curb their drive to acquire and appreciate what they have.
You can mean well and still cause a lot of hurt.
For starters, stop calling them “single.”
To all the women out there looking to marry a Manly Man.
She doesn’t want to get married until her child is ready. Should I wait?
A 7-point guide to the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony.
Most children raised in interfaith families lack the tools and knowledge to make informed choices.
The physical-spiritual balance of power.
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
The Hanukkah Story in 8 hit songs.A short medley of pop music parodies through the ages.
Everything you need to know about Hanukkah. Share with your family and friends.
Miracles do sometimes happen. Based on a true story. A timely Hanukkah message.
Who are the heroes of Chanukah?
Who do you think benefited from this more – Keith or his teammates?
7 top secret conversations overheard at the recent nuclear negotiations in Geneva.
A few of my favorite Jewish jokes for 2014.
An Aish.com Video.
This Chanukah, light up your life.
A fascinating overview of the history and meaning of the holiday.
May 11, 2013
May 24, 2013 7:24 AM
overall nicely presented but should leave out a few unsavory expressions
B.S.D. In the highly sensitive ethical and moral climate of the world today such derogatory statements about the founders of a few of the faiths mentioned are totally inappropriate and very inflammatory. Judaism needs to keep its focus of elevating people towards the truth not through low blow bashing. Other than that your presentation is very nicely presented.
May 17, 2013 8:09 AM
Good analysis of a mass group in an Unbroken chain that survived to pass it down
May 17, 2013 3:45 AM
I heard this argument before... but your way are so much cooler!!!!
May 14, 2013 1:19 PM
Clear and concise
May 14, 2013 4:47 AM
I have heard these arguments before, but you added some interesting insights. Thank you and God bless!
May 14, 2013 1:04 AM
origins of 'christianity'
That from which christianity sprung well preceeded Paul. Neither did he claim to be the originator.
May 17, 2013 3:52 AM
Christianism as we have today started with Paul. Before him, was sort of jews who believed that Jesus was the Machach.
May 13, 2013 11:56 PM
I am concerned that making fun of people with epilepsy is more than just merely politically incorrect, it is really insensitive. Epilepsy is not a mental illness, it is a seizure disorder, and mohamed's "vision" may very well have been a hallucination, has nothing to do with epilepsy. (Not that it is okay to make fun of people with mental illness either.)
May 13, 2013 7:56 AM
WHAT ABOUT THE MOSHIACH THEORY?
I LIKED THE LECTURE AND IT DID MAKE SENSE TO ME.. NOT ALL... NOT REALLY THE "GOD" SPEAKING PART.. BUT MOVING ON.. I AM A JEW...I DON'T BELIEVE EVERY MIRACLE IN THE .TORAH, AND I GO THROUGH MY "THERE IS A GOD-THERE IS NO GOD" .PERIODS. SOMETIMES I PRAY..BUT OFTEN I WONDER TO WHOM I AM PRAYING TO.. I LOVE THE HISTORY, I LOVE THE TRADITIONS AND I KEEP "DOING" THE YIDDISHKEIT" AND STILL KEEP UP THE TRADITIONS..I FEEL I AM CONNECTED, BOUNDED TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.. THOUGH I A NOT AN ORTHODOX JEW..I GUESS THE SLOGAN "JUST DO IT" WOULD APPLY TO ME.. I JUST DO IT.. SOMETIMES I "FEEL" IT..SOMETIMES I DON'T. iNOW,KEEPING IN MIND YOUR EXPLANATION CONCERNING THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE JEWISH RELIGION..HOW AND WHERE DOES THE "COMING OF THE MOSHIACH" HOLD UP? iWOULDN'T THIE S BPART OF TFHE FUTURE THEORY? I MEAN HERE WE ARE STILL WAITING.. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR IDEAS WITH US.. SHAVUAH TOV!
May 13, 2013 11:22 PM
Good point. I think the answer is, 1) the Judaism of today is based on the Sinai event which happened in the past. 2) Any changes to Judaism in the future (for example following Shammai instead of Hillel after moshiach) are not supposed to be followed now. If we were already doing things nobody heard yet, and believed it's because moshiach will say it later, then it would be future theory.
May 14, 2013 7:22 AM
@anonymous - The point was, that today Judaism says the revelation already happened. That cannot be explained by the future theory, by a promise of a revelation. Therefore we reduce the options to be either past or present theory.
May 12, 2013 10:55 PM
im floored that made so much sernse i do believe in God and judiasm but its good to hear the reason why i do thank you rav kelleman!
W. Lawrence Lipton,
May 12, 2013 8:47 PM
The evolution of the religion which became Judaism is provided in "Grandpa Was A Deity" (2011); there is even a mathematical proof (of sorts) in Genesis & Exodus -- which is described in "Genesis of Genesis" (2012.The reality of Judaism is derived from the fact that it works -- in terms of what it demands in the physical world, and in terms of history ... if taken as an evolution of intelligence.Adding to the basic religious algorithm, the religions enumerated all "just change the names, with all else remaining the same." An earlier belief is renamed, and its beliefs are the redefine beliefs which the converts already held -- or popular stories (myths) adopted to serve the precess ensuring that key data will be remembered and repeated (ie, Noah's Flood).
May 13, 2013 11:43 PM
Your idea of old beliefs being renamed for new religions would apply nicely to Christianity and Islam, which adopted Jewish texts with their own additions tacked on. To apply it to Judaism itself is a little more problematic because it has no monotheistic peers or predecessors.
I would be more interested to look into your books if you could briefly explain here how Judaism evolved along with its claim of 3 million eyewitnesses, with no generation gap to make the claim uncheckable?
May 12, 2013 6:58 PM
It is not funny to make fun of other religions
May 13, 2013 11:46 AM
Do you mean that it's not polite ? If people laugh at the absurdity and irrationality of the very foundations of a religion that does not change the truth -value or lack thereof. Truth is hilarious especialy when you consider and realize some of the irrational and false notions that, amazingly, people still accept as true. Yes, it is funny.
May 13, 2013 8:14 PM
But not such a good idea. I have yet to find any religion (including my own!) which doesn't make a few risible claims. Believers in religion X are always keen on getting a good chuckle at the expense of the silliness held as truth by believers in religion Y. Oddly enough, they often find it offensive when those Y folks see something amusing about the preposterous notions adhered to by the followers of X.
May 12, 2013 5:25 PM
So, what ever happened to poor Shroodlu?
May 12, 2013 4:43 PM
But it never happened again!
I'm not convinced, it never happened again.
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.
Lawrence Kelemen is a Professor of Education at Neve Yerushalayim College of Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem. He is the author of several books published by Targum Press, including Permission to Believe, Permission to Receive, and To Kindle a Soul: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents and Teachers, which was recently ranked the 48th best-selling book in the United States. His website is www.lawrencekelemen.com
613 is one of the most famous Jewish numbers, representing all the commandments of the Torah. How many can you name?
She was a Moabite princess who converted to Judaism in the 10th century BCE, but what does her story have to do with the events at Mount Sinai more than 300 years earlier?
A big picture look at the books of the Bible and the Oral Law.
The great success of Jewish tradition is the meticulous transmission of the Torah text. But actually how accurate is it?
The origin and meaning of some of the most common Jewish names for girls.
Sing along with these classic Chanukah tunes!
The military victory and the burning oil provide a deep lesson in self-discovery.
Online dangers and practical responses.
If we want to raise ethical children, we have no choice but to work on developing our character.