By Rabbi Allen S. Maller Hanukah is for Muslim Jews for two reasons, One is because Hanukah (Hebrew for faithful dedication-Islam) refers to the rededication of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem after it was profaned in 168 BCE by an idol installed in it by the Syrian Greek king Antiochus IV. The second reason is… Read More Hanukah Is For Muslim Jews
Title: Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms: A Reform Rabbi’s Reflections on the Profound Connectedness of Islam and Judaism Author: Rabbi Allen S. Maller Publisher: Hadassa Word Press Pages: 120 Price: 15 US dollars ISBN: 978-3-639-79499-1 Reviewed by: Neza T. Reyhan† Current political tensions over Palestine/Israel might seem to project a different image, but contrary… Read More Book Review: Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms: A Reform Rabbi’s Reflections…
By Rabbi Allen S. Maller Why were the Jews enslaved in Egypt? Partly because Abraham failed to give some non-Jews an opportunity to convert says the Talmud (Neddarim 32a): “Why was our Father Abraham punished and his children doomed to Egyptian servitude for two hundred and ten years?… R. Yohanan said: Because he (Abraham) prevented people… Read More Pharaoh’s Anti-Israelite Policy Explained
By Rabbi Simcha Weinberg “Why can’t you be like other kids who behave perfectly?” is a refrain I often hear parents complaining to their children. Yes, there were and are certainly moments when I wish my children were as “perfect” as other kids, but those moments are rare. I am more than happy for my kids… Read More Apples and Oranges: The Comparison Game
By Rabbi Allen S. Maller Although Judaism, Christianity and Islam all assert that they teach pure monotheism, only Christianity proclaims that Jesus was the Son of God; and a third of a Divine trinity (a trifold unity. Christians also believe Jesus was a Divine Messiah (Greek Christ) predicted centuries before by several Jewish prophets in… Read More Islamic and Jewish Views of Jesus
By Rabbi Allen S. Maller The number of people who believe they are descendants of Jews is almost equal to the number of Jews who are counted in official international censuses, according to British historian Tudor Parfitt, an expert on Judaizing movements, who was a keynote speaker at a Jerusalem conference held at the Van… Read More Are Non-Jews With Jewish Identities Welcome?
By Rabbi Allen S. Maller You would think that Jews, who are called “The People of the Book” by the Qur’an, would have lots of Jewish books for their children. But there are many Jews whose homes lack even a few Jewish kid’s books. This is especially true for Jews who live in remote areas… Read More Five Million Free Kid’s Books