Radical Jews

The New Jews are really the Old Jews.

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(38) Micael Ben Avraham, September 7, 2020 7:15 AM

Yofi todah rabah how can a Jew uphold on music and spiritually all together.coz me I have a Diploma in music and performing arts but honestly I feel bothered writing or recording song.in accordanceto the fact that we do not have a bit hamikdash would it be proper to engage in music as an industry.Am bothered with the carrier that I had opted to pursue but fore went it in order to learn TORAH. Shalom micael Ben Avraham Uganda

(37) Anonymous, February 16, 2016 7:32 PM

Being a Radical Jew

Every person can tell if a man/boy is Jewish or not, by his kippah, tzitzit, and peyot. However, even for a religious woman/girl no one can tell if she is Jewish or not, unless they ask her. The Talmud stated: "Our Rabbis taught:

"All must observe the law of Tzizith, priests, Levites, and Israelites, proselytes, women and slaves." - Mas. Menachoth 43a

But the fact that that is not the case, I feel a Jewish woman's identity of belonging to this great peoplehood is greatly suppressed--and of course, cannot be identified immediately as Jewish by others. Dressing modestly isn't enough to be identified as Jewish--there are many women in a certain creed that are to have modest dress code. That doesn't shout to everyone "Jewish" or express a Jewish woman's great pride of being Jewish, just as it would her fellow (male) Jew when he wears tzitzit, for example.

Its just really upsetting. It's a shame also. Even when a married woman wears a tichel, you still second-guess if she's Jewish because once again, other religions have their women cover their head and one cannot tell just by looking (unless they keep looking and trying to remember how a married Jewish woman looks compared to other women of different religions). And, again, that's for a married Jewish woman. Single, not single (but not married yet), and engaged women basically have no hope in physically identifying Jewish, as our Jewish brothers do.

I guess being the "radical" Jew is only for men then, 'cause no one will know what we are, who we stand for, or what we're part of, unless they ask or we say something. That's very, very upsetting. Just needed to get that out.

(36) Tanya, October 1, 2013 3:59 PM

Funny! IoI

(35) Steven, June 27, 2013 2:58 PM

Yeah! You go Tzvi, You counter culture bad boy!

Well said! We missed you. Glad to see you're back!

(34) Ra'anan, December 23, 2012 4:15 PM

Radical 1960's Jews Hoffman & Rubin & Dylan & Bruce

Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin & Bob Dylan & multitudes of others like them in the 1960s challenged so much of what was then establishment. They changed crew cuts into long hair, iron button shirts neatly tucked into slacks were exchanged for long, baggy threats & later jeans, a race for wealth exchanged for communal good, more "tamed" music was traded for a wilder, unrestrained rock & roll. They challenged, they searched, they screamed "who says?" What came out of all of that? I think it was the right to question. I've always been fascinated w/the big picture. Where did Rubin, Hoffman & Dylan go? Jerry Rubin went to Wall Street in the end. That doesn't have to be bad, but Abbie Hoffman felt he'd betrayed "the cause." Before Hoffman overdosed, he caught a television show w/none other than Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the singing rabbi, definitely a radical in his own right. Hoffman said that watching the rabbi ignited something w/in himself that he thought was long dead. He telephoned the tv station to try & get in contact w/the singing rabbi, but the rabbi had already left & Hoffman tried DESPERATELY to track him down in those pre-cell phones days, but to no avail. The next time the media mentioned Hoffman was regarding his death through overdose about 2 weeks later. Bob Dylan was far more pragmatic, but he, too, had a strong desire to get back to his roots as well, after bouts w/xty & who knows what. He ultimately connected w/Lubavitch & he even has an orthodox son in-law. Most unexpected for me, though, was ultra-radical, standup comedian Lenny Bruce calling orthodox Jews "cool." He admired their clarity & he, too, attended at least one Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach concert & admired him. These were the most visible searchers of their generation & they wound up wanting to get back to orthodox Judaism after trying so many other things.

(33) Shannon, December 17, 2012 2:55 AM

agree 100%

YEAH yasher koach to you man! Being Jewish is about being different; it's NOT about giving in and conforming to the larger culture. To shine a light on the world you have to stand up and stand out.

(32) yaakov, December 11, 2012 2:35 PM


Nicely done the video is definitely a "keppa"

(31) Ariela, February 13, 2012 1:59 AM


So true and totally awesome!!

(30) Moshe, August 4, 2011 9:10 PM


You're cool dude. You are so counter culture, I can almost smell the hemp coming off your keepa.

(29) philip, August 1, 2011 7:15 PM

great message

Great message Zvi.. i realy understand the concept your talking about...to know where you want to go you have to know where you come from which enables you to be able to define who you are and this will in its row lead you to what yo shall become.. radical yeahhhh.. in living in Germany its interesting to live your jewishness (with no diffrence how ) in the open.. in order to to establish change one has to change ones self that in its row makes it easier for the process of normalzation to be acomplished and the circle closes up itself the radical steps needed to be taken become normality for oneself and the society around onself. Thus one of the key resposibilities of beieng jewish comes to be .. we teach the peoples around us Torah through living its vertues. I can only recomend for those on the search of onself to try and try again.. you will be suprised what hights and diversity one can reach

(28) Avi, July 23, 2010 4:43 AM

Great message, but misguided

The message in this video is very true and important. The Jewish people must not be afraid to show the world of who we are. Unfortunately, it is pretty clear this Rabbi doesn't understand why some "radical" Jews decide to get tattoos. Very few (if any) Jews get tattoos simply to be rebellious and to "stick it" to society. Nowadays, people get tattoos because many people have tattoos and they think they are cool and acceptable. These days it is acceptable to get tattoos and NOT be viewed as rebelling against society. So although the Rabbi's message was clear, his view on why people get tattoos is wrong.

(27) Beverly Kurtin, July 15, 2010 4:24 AM


Isn't tattooing against Torah? , As a woman, I can't do much to telling the world that I am a Jew except wearing a star of David or a Mezuzah around my neck. So I've designed a business card that simply asks the question, "Do you love God? Do you know who wrote the bible? Read Genesis 12:3" Most gentiles and a good percentage of Jews have zero idea about various concepts of Judaism. I try to destroy misconceptions about who and what we are. "Jews own all the banks." I pull out a printout showing that to be wrong. "Well, you Jews want to take over the world." I show them that if you took ALL Jews and put them into one city, Shanghai, China, we would wind up doubling the population of Shanghai because their current population is just over 14 million people. Jews make up 0,02% of the world's population. How are we going to take over the world AND why would we do with it if we had it? People simply do not think; it is easier to make an accusation rather than to think before opening one's mouth and spread the disease of unfounded concepts. Recently, I was told how much money I probably had. I cracked up. I told them how much I received; he told me that all I had to do was get more money from a Jew bank. I told him to read Genesis 12:3 and wished him an interesting day.

(26) shira liba, February 5, 2010 12:01 AM


(25) SusanE, December 26, 2009 3:04 PM

Being Radical is a Form of Conforming.

My B-I-L went to college in the 60's and came home in ragged cutoffs, sandals, long hair and 'views'. He thought he was rebelling against society and being a free thinker. He thought that he was non-conforming yet he looked EXACTLY and thought EXACTLY like all the other college kids. Line them up and everyone was alike. That's not being radical or a free thinker,, that's a bunch of lemmings. ------------ Speaking up for and abiding by your own ideals, and morals, and ethics when the world around you has become insane, now that is being radical in a good way... Thank you for a good message.

(24) Anonymous, December 22, 2009 12:08 AM

Be Jewish

Yes I agree with you, it's nice to stand for your roots, but the best part of being Jewish is FAITH , or as King David said, "as for me and my household, I will serve the L-rd!" this is the house of David! ,to go deeper you must seach deeper,and belive he is, your G-d, not by mans books or guidence, go even deeper,search the roots like moses did, G-ds instructions his words, hold them in your heart and you will see, there is a deeper Truth and HOPE in G-d! sending my love to all who read, may the G-d of Heaven and earth keep you always, and shine his light apon you! Shalom

(23) Jessica, December 20, 2009 11:47 PM

SO TRUE! Love to see a man who knows who he is!

It is an important and often brave statement to show oneself as an observant Jew. Yes, it turns heads, and hopefully opens up dialogues. Thank you for writing this-now i will look for your books!

(22) Anonymous, December 20, 2009 3:49 PM

Fantastic! You Rebel You!

Fantastic! You Rebel! Yes, Also people will gravitate to you and want to know more. So grateful to Hashem for AISH.com where they can be directed to begin to learn Torah, gain valuable form great Rabbi's like you, and even find a local Shul. All of which bring deeper meaning, purpose, and holiness to the world and everything they do.

(21) Rosen, December 20, 2009 3:25 PM

radical non-conformity

It's great being Jewish because I don't have to embrace Christianity, Islam, or otherwise in order to seek spiritual guidance and forgiveness when needed. While others conform to man's societal norms, we Jews are more radically driven for G-d.

(20) EVEN, December 18, 2009 9:01 AM

Radical statement


(19) ruchama, December 17, 2009 10:23 PM

excellent. and it all starts with avraham, the ultimate radical, who believed in one Gd when the entire world was worshipping idols.

(18) CDG, Yerushalayim, December 17, 2009 6:30 PM

Tzvi, I agree. Nothing more radical or nonconforming than acting on who we are...

...except acting on who we are...in Israel. Now, that's true nonconformance, and being true to ourselves.

(17) Marc Braunstein, December 17, 2009 4:19 PM

Good stuff!

Rabbi Gluckin, Hope all is well- not sure if you remember me from the brandeis days- but I enjoyed your movie and just wanted to say happy chanukah and a gut chodesh. All the best, Marc

(16) Steven, December 16, 2009 9:41 PM


I saw your video and said YEAH! that's telling it like it is. Unfortunately in a PC world, capital R reality gets lost to perception.

(15) , December 16, 2009 4:31 AM

The real New Jews are the Baal Teshuvas

My sentiments exactly Rabbi.

(14) Chasia, December 15, 2009 4:48 PM

Love it!

Hope more of our men take up the challenge to become more radical because of this. He's funny. I look forward to his next video.

(13) Anonymous, December 15, 2009 10:28 AM

Well Said!

Such an fresh outlook! His enthuisiasm is really catchy! I smiled from beginnning to end- Thanks!

(12) , December 15, 2009 1:11 AM

Love your energy!

Rabbi Gluckin, we need more of your lectures. I love your energy and your ideas. You do know how to bring us back home, to Jewish values. :)

(11) miriam sara, December 14, 2009 2:48 PM

Frum is the anti cool

Umm-confusion sets in. I became frum to be anti cool. Emotional quandry ensues. Now I find out I'm cool even when I'm frum? Rats! Can one still do mitzvot if one doesn't WANT to be cool? I've got a few more days of cool Chaukah to think about this, cooly.thank you.

(10) Elana, December 14, 2009 5:00 AM

I'm not getting it..

Wear a kippah to a bar and darn right, people will be looking at you...why? Because you shouldn't be there in the first place! Wear it in a coffee shop...no one really cares. The people with the tatoos; who cares; they are not trying to represent sensitivity or loyalty. But you know what...I'm still glad I have these types of people on my side.

(9) Jessica Panu, December 14, 2009 4:58 AM

Well - said!!!!

(8) J La Lone, December 13, 2009 11:27 PM

Wonderful Message

Perfect timing for a reallly great message

(7) D, December 13, 2009 9:34 PM


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(5) Mike M, December 13, 2009 5:30 PM


Tzvi is the maannnnn!

(4) Steven Edwards, December 13, 2009 4:33 PM

Amazing. This is the secret to out-hip the hip.

Tzvi hits the nail on the head. It is kind of like being a Republican on a college campus. Don’t conform to the other non-conformists – be a radical: tuck in your shirt, don’t use drugs, and don’t use foul language. INSANE.

(3) Kev'zach, December 13, 2009 4:05 PM

yer freind in Brighton

Nice delivery. Good timing.

(2) ruth, December 13, 2009 3:31 PM

the new "wrap" is the old "rap"

I don't think it matters so much what we wear on our sleeves but it's truly how we act, in the perception of sensitivity, and the gifting to each other, here, and around the world, Jew and non Jews. It's fine to wear a kippa, to wear payas, a scarf as a woman, to have the threads hanging out, that are deeply about prayer, about praise. But God created a beautiful diverse world, and we all need each other, and these threads do bind us all, to a story that's written to move us all into a greater harmony of being, as Jews, as sensitive people, of the world, to usher in, together, the kind in man kind. A mandate that is deeply coded within words themselves that is so totally a message of unity. So YES, rejoice and wear your adornments that are deeply about adore n meants, because the spirituality that is love's message, has many symbolic routes. And we all do, wear and show it, differently in this, The Greatest Show on Earth. Let is shine. The candles. The SHIN in shine.

(1) miriam, December 13, 2009 3:15 PM

AH, WELCOME THE YOUNG! with young ideas, young ideals, no fear, making themselves known without trepidation- making themselves a part of the world, no hiding, no excuses, no exhausting any time on whether others accept us or not. Yes we Jews belong and are a part of this world, we contribute a great deal and must continue doing so in every way, shape and form.


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