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Discussion at Moishe House on How Chickens Became Meat

Last week, I led a text-based discussion at the Orange County Moishe House with young adults. The topic under discussion was how did chicken become to be considered meat that was not to be boiled with milk (or consumed, etc.). This topic emerged out of a discussion held last month at the Orange County Moishe READ MORE

Noble Ale Works - April 2015

Discussion on the Ten Commandments in Anaheim

The other night, I led a discussion on the Ten Commandments for young adults in Orange County. As part of my monthly “Beer, Bible, & Brewery” series with young adults (20s-30s), this event focussed on the Ten Commandments and their place within Judaism. The event took place at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim and was READ MORE

Visiting OC Moishe House - April 2015

A Visit to the Moishe House of Orange County

Last night, I went to the Moishe House of Orange County to lead a discussion on “Is there More to Being Jewish than Just Holidays?” Although I have spoken at Moishe House of Orange County multiple times, this was my second time speaking at their new location (their third such location), the previous time being READ MORE

Seder Aid

Seder-Aid Event Prepares Young Adults for Passover Seder

Last week, I led a conversation for young adults to go over the Passover Seder(s) in order to mentally prepare for it. Taking place in Long Beach on the Sunday prior to the holiday, I led a relaxed conversation (over beer – something we would not be enjoying during the holiday), going over the elements READ MORE

The Bruery - March 2015

“Beer, Bible & Brewery” Return Visit to The Bruery Features a Tour

Last night, as part of the monthly “Bible, Beer, and Brew” series, we visited The Bruery in Placentia.  Having visited in the fall, this time, we had the opportunity to talk with The Bruery’s chief financial officer, Carl Katz, who led us on a tour of The Bruery. Katz led us on a tour of The Bruery READ MORE

Tasting the Forbidden Fruit (3)

“Tasting the Forbidden Fruit” Allows Young Adults to Engage with Texts and Food

What was the fruit that Adam and Eve consumed in the Garden of Eden that got them kicked out? The other night, I led a text-based discussion with young adults in Long Beach on this topic. Beginning with the primary texts in the Book of Genesis, we then explored what rabbis in the Babylonian Talmud READ MORE

Discussion on Sex Positions in Talmud - November 2014 - Copy

Discussion of Sexual Positions in Judaism

Last night, I led a discussion for young adults on sexual positions in Judaism, which was a lively conversation.  As part of my work enriching the lives of young adults, sex comes up not infrequently.  So, in a Long Beach version of a discussion I led over a year-and-a-half ago in Orange County, I invited young adults READ MORE

Witches and Brews 2 October 2014

“Witches and Brews 2” in Orange County

Upon popular request at the end of Wednesday’s “Witches & Brews” event as part of my “Bible & Brewery” series, I held a sequel event in Orange County.  Returning to Bootlegger’s Brewery in Fullerton, “Witches & Brews 2” featured an exploration of texts from rabbinic literature on witches and witchcraft. Some texts that provided a READ MORE