Don’t You Wan’t To Be Eulogized?

November 28, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 2

I once had an extremely unsettling conversation that left its marks on me until this very day. [I wish to note the following disclaimer: as disdainful as some of these sentiments may sound, they did not come from a malicious place, but from a place of having been programmed as [Read more…]

Please Don’t Respect Us

March 26, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

Today is Lag BaOmer. The day that Rabbi Akiva’s students stopped dying, for their mistake of not showing each other proper respect. Each and every Lag BaOmer, rabbis and teachers around the world stand up and speak about how we must respect all the Torah scholars and how we must [Read more…]

Despicable Jewish Guilt

February 7, 2016 Rabbi Yonatan Halevy 0

This horrid image has been making its rounds. I’m momentarily putting aside people using the Holocaust for whichever gain they wish. Do we have no other way – aside from ugly guilt – to encourage people to connect to Hashem with Tefillin? How much longer will we shove this venom [Read more…]