18forty Three Weeks To Mourn the Kibbutzim of Slaughter 23 Jul
The essay discusses the need for mourning and healing in the Jewish community following the October 7 massacre and parallels it with the concept of the Three...
23 Jul
18forty His Ladder Will Take You to the Zohar 10 Jul
Rav Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, also known as Baal HaSulam, was a key figure in popularizing Kabbalah and the Zohar in the 20th century. Born in Poland, he mo...
10 Jul
18forty How the Lubavitcher Rebbe Teaches Us to Transcend Ourselves 9 Jul
The article discusses the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, focusing on the importance of collectivity, generosity, and e...
9 Jul
18forty If America Cares About Democracy, It Will Stand by Israel 4 Jul
The text emphasizes the importance of democracy as a moral value and highlights Abraham Lincoln's definition of democracy as protecting individual freedom an...
4 Jul
18forty Does Revelation Satisfy the ‘Why Be Jewish’ Question? 3 Jul
The essay discusses the fundamental question of "why be Jewish" in contemporary discourse, focusing on the shift towards emphasizing the act of "doing Jewish...
3 Jul
18forty Benny Morris Has Thoughts on Israel, the War, and Our Future 25 Jun
Benny Morris, a prominent Israeli historian, has shifted to the right politically over the years, and remains a crucial figure in understanding Israel's hist...
25 Jun
18forty Discovering Orthodoxy, Halacha, and Myself 19 Jun
The author describes her journey of discovering Orthodoxy and halacha, starting with a fascination with the moon and the interconnectedness of Jewish women's...
19 Jun
18forty Is Orthodoxy Too Fractured? Our Past Can Guide Us 19 Jun
In 1992, a symposium on Orthodox unity addressed significant halakhic issues and challenges facing the Jewish community, including internal divisions, outrea...
19 Jun
18forty I Always Felt Religiously Homeless Growing Up—Until I Came to Israel 5 Jun
The author reflects on feeling spiritually homeless while growing up in a mixed denominational Jewish environment in America. They struggled to reconcile the...
5 Jun
18forty My Jewish identity began as a crisis—It’s become so much more today 30 May
The author reflects on their Jewish identity crisis, which started in their youth when questioning the meaning of Judaism, leading them to atheism due to per...
30 May
18forty What Jewish Denominations Mean to Me 16 May
The author reflects on their personal journey of Jewish affiliation, revealing a deep connection to Orthodox Judaism stemming from a family history where Jew...
16 May
18forty Can We Handle the Summer of October 7? 10 May
The article discusses how the trauma of October 7, like the horror experienced during that event, will now mark time for Israel and global Jewry. The challen...
10 May
18forty Torah or Zionism? Hesder Ideology Says Both 9 May
Rav Aharon Lichtenstein's paper from 1981 outlines the Hesder program's unique approach, allowing religious students to combine military service with Torah s...
9 May
18forty Do You Have the Free Will to Read This? 5 May
The text discusses different philosophical perspectives on free will, including libertarianism, determinism, and compatibilism, and their implications for Je...
5 May
18forty A Letter to Children Estranged From Their Parents 17 Apr
The letter addresses children who are estranged from their parents, emphasizing the deep hurt and complexities of these relationships. The writer draws on ex...
17 Apr
18forty A Prayer for Israel to Add to Your Pesach Seder 17 Apr
Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon has composed a special prayer for Israel to be recited at Pesach Sedarim, expressing gratitude for living in a time of redemption and w...
17 Apr
18forty Hebrew Lips 12 Apr
"The Hebrew Lips" is a poem reflecting on the tension within Jews between the harshness of biblical texts and the reverence for human life inherent in the He...
12 Apr
18forty ‘Are Your Brothers To Go to War While You Stay Here?’: On Haredim Drafting to the IDF 10 Apr
In a response to Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef's opposition to forced conscription of yeshiva students, Rabbi Dr. Tamir Granot discusses his son, Amita...
10 Apr
18forty The 7 Essential Features of Anti-Judaism 5 Apr
In a series of discussions on anti-Judaism using various texts, the unique characteristics and historical roots of hatred towards Jews were explored. The key...
5 Apr
18forty (What) Do Jews Believe About the Afterlife? 29 Mar
Judaism's beliefs about the afterlife are diverse and not extensively discussed, despite classical Jewish sources refuting the misconception that Judaism lac...
29 Mar
18forty The Influence of Affluence: Money and Mental Health in Our Community 20 Mar
The article explores the impact of affluence on mental health within Orthodox Jewish communities, highlighting the pursuit of material success and social com...
20 Mar
18forty Your Attachment Style, Applied to God 18 Mar
Attachment styles, which stem from early childhood interactions with primary caregivers, influence how we engage in relationships. These styles can impact no...
18 Mar
18forty Is It Just a Phase? What You Need To Know About Child Mental Health 13 Mar
Child mental health is a crucial issue that requires attention and understanding from parents. Statistics show that a significant percentage of children expe...
13 Mar
18forty Do You Need a Rabbi, or a Therapist? 6 Mar
The article discusses the distinction between seeking guidance from a rabbi or a therapist in the Jewish community. It emphasizes that rabbis and therapists ...
6 Mar
18forty Do We Know Why God Allows Evil and Suffering? 25 Feb
The theological problem of evil and suffering, also known as theodicy, challenges belief in a just and fair world governed by a traditional view of God. Rabb...
25 Feb
18forty Do We Care Too Much? Furor Sanandi and Our Desire to Heal 21 Feb
The text delves into the concept of "furor sanandi," the passion or frenzy to heal, particularly in therapeutic settings where caring too much can hinder neu...
21 Feb
18forty Is American Judaism Boring? 15 Feb
The article responds to a podcast discussion claiming that American Judaism is boring. The author disagrees, stating that American Judaism can be meaningful ...
15 Feb
18forty 3 Arguments for God’s Existence 26 Jan
In this essay, the author explores three philosophical arguments for the existence of God: the cosmological argument, the teleological argument, and the onto...
26 Jan
18forty 4 Conversations to Help You Think About the Israel-Hamas War 18 Jan
This article presents four conversations that can help people understand and think critically about the Israel-Hamas war. The first conversation explores how...
18 Jan
18forty 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Whenever You Hear a Dvar Torah 10 Jan
The author presents three questions to ask oneself when listening to a Dvar Torah (a Torah discourse). The first question is whether the Torah idea presented...
10 Jan
18forty What Makes Beliefs Rational? 29 Dec 2023
In this essay, the author explores the concept of rationality and its application to beliefs, particularly in relation to Judaism. They discuss the distincti...
29 Dec 2023
18forty What Makes Beliefs Rational? 29 Dec 2023
The essay explores the concept of rationality in relation to beliefs, specifically in the context of Judaism. It distinguishes between epistemic rationality ...
29 Dec 2023
18forty From Hawk to Dove: The Path(s) of Yossi Klein Halevi 28 Dec 2023
Yossi Klein Halevi, a well-known Jewish author, is discussed in this article, highlighting his transition from a hawkish stance on Israeli politics to a more...
28 Dec 2023
18forty From Hawk to Dove: The Path(s) of Yossi Klein Halevi 28 Dec 2023
Yossi Klein Halevi, a well-known Jewish author, has written several books that tell both personal and national stories. His first book, "Memoirs of a Jewish ...
28 Dec 2023
18forty Army Service is Essential for Every Jew: Letter From an IDF Combat Soldier in Gaza 28 Dec 2023
In this letter, an IDF combat soldier expresses his belief that army service is essential for every Jew. He argues that having sovereignty and control over t...
28 Dec 2023
18forty Army Service is Essential for Every Jew: Letter From an IDF Combat Soldier in Gaza 28 Dec 2023
In this letter from an IDF combat soldier in Gaza, the author expresses their belief that army service is essential for every Jew. They argue that having sov...
28 Dec 2023
18forty When Calls for Jewish Genocide Can Cost a University Its Government Funding 7 Dec 2023
The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has opened investigations into several prominent universities, including Harvard University, Cornell Uni...
7 Dec 2023
18forty When Calls for Jewish Genocide Can Cost a University Its Government Funding 7 Dec 2023
The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has announced investigations into several prominent universities, including Harvard, Cornell, and Columb...
7 Dec 2023
18forty 3 Songs To Listen to During Israel’s War 30 Nov 2023
This article discusses the power of music during times of conflict in Israel. It emphasizes the diverse nature of war songs, which can express various perspe...
30 Nov 2023
18forty 3 Songs To Listen to During Israel’s War 30 Nov 2023
This article discusses songs that were written and listened to during times of conflict in Israel. The author reflects on the power of songs during wartime, ...
30 Nov 2023
18forty Why Jews Need to Have Faith in Reason 23 Nov 2023
The author shares their personal journey of faith and the challenges they faced in their pursuit of a religious identity. Growing up in a mixed religious fam...
23 Nov 2023
18forty Why Jews Need to Have Faith in Reason 23 Nov 2023
In this personal essay, the author reflects on his journey of faith and explores the role of reason in Judaism. He grew up in a mixed Jewish household, with ...
23 Nov 2023
18forty Why Israelis Are Getting Married Despite War and Terror 22 Nov 2023
The author explores the question of why Israelis continue to get married despite the ongoing war and terror. According to Jewish law, if a funeral and a wedd...
22 Nov 2023
18forty Why Israelis Are Getting Married Despite War and Terror 22 Nov 2023
This article discusses the question of whether Jewish law obligates Israelis to continue with weddings despite the ongoing war and terror. The author explain...
22 Nov 2023
18forty What Crisis Does to My Faith 16 Nov 2023
In this personal reflection, the author discusses the crisis of faith brought on by tragic events in Israel. They describe the questions and doubts that aris...
16 Nov 2023
18forty What Crisis Does to My Faith 16 Nov 2023
The author, Zevi Slavin, reflects on the crisis in Israel and its impact on his faith. He describes the burning questions and emotions that arose in response...
16 Nov 2023
18forty What You’re Misunderstanding About the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 9 Nov 2023
This article discusses the coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Matti Friedman, a journalist known for his even-handed approach. It highlights his...
9 Nov 2023
18forty What You’re Misunderstanding About the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 9 Nov 2023
This article highlights the work of journalist Matti Friedman and his unique approach to reporting on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Friedman emphasizes t...
9 Nov 2023
18forty How Can I Bring a Baby Into This World After Hamas’ Atrocities? 26 Oct 2023
The article discusses the impact of Hamas atrocities on Jews around the world, with various individuals sharing their perspectives and experiences. One perso...
26 Oct 2023
18forty How Can I Bring a Baby Into This World After Hamas’ Atrocities? 26 Oct 2023
This article features personal perspectives and experiences in the aftermath of Hamas atrocities in Israel. One writer expresses feelings of helplessness and...
26 Oct 2023