Donkey, Elephant or Jew?

July 20, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

[To understand this message, you must have an open mind and heart. For those who have not yet reached the level of sophistication to look at the world from outside their comfort zone, I echo the warning of our Master the Rambam: the following words will only bring upon you [Read more…]

Don’t Be Mainstream

July 15, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

It is too often that I am asked “why can you not just be a mainstream rabbi?” To which I always respond: “what is mainstream in Judaism?” The answer? “What everyone else does!”. If the Jewish people believed that numbers created a mainstream one would be compelled to follow: 1. [Read more…]

Gimmel Tammuz: Personal Struggles

July 8, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

I have been struggling immensely after a conversion with a dear friend. Traditional Jewish phrases have been altered to include foreign concepts, but then we are blamed for lack of unity when we voice concern over them. For example… What used to universally be: “Give Nachat to our Creator” has [Read more…]

Public Statement: Kosher LA

July 4, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

It has come to my attention that a certain communal figure who is respected by many in matters of Kashrut, has questioned the reliability of the “Kosher LA” certification on our local The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I state with absolute confidence: this is utter nonsense, and one who [Read more…]