World Premiere of the documentary film, “Lonely But Not Alone”

February 25, 2016

You are invited to the World Premiere of the documentary film, Lonely But Not Alone, by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Willy Lindwer.

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The film documents the incredible life of Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo. Born into a mixed-marriage in the most liberal city in the world, he become an internationally-known rabbi and philosopher in the most religious city in the world. This is his story.

The screening will take place at the Begin Center in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 6th, at 7:30pm.  Featured guests include author and blogger Laura Ben-David, who will MC the evening, as well as Rabbi Cardozo’s brother Dr. Jacques Lopes Cardozo and his daughter Nechama Atlas Lopes Cardozo, who appear in the film.

Seats are limited. 

Buy your tickets today!  

On The Israeli-Arab Conflict: A Biblical Perspective

July 17, 2014

by Nathan Lopez Cardozo [1] For the Love of Israel and the Jewish People

Impartial observers of the Middle East will realize that these are extraordinary times. Tens of thousands of Jews from many different countries are returning to their national and historic homeland after thousands of years. Arab states are beginning to reconsider their attitude towards Israel now that they realize that after more than fifty years, the Jewish state is here to stay.

Many gentiles throughout the world are showing a new and keen interest in the Bible, proclaiming fulfillment of the old biblical prophecies. The continuous conflict between the Israelis and the Arabs, especially the Palestinian Arabs, is a constant focus of world attention, allotted more broadcast hours and newspaper column space than any other conflict. It is the most discussed issue at the United Nations and the perceived root of international tension. It is believed to have the potential to cause a large-scale conflict in the Middle East and even a global confrontation.

However, the truth is more prosaic. The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is something of a local affair. Looking on the world map, many larger hotbeds can be identified, with even greater issues at stake. For the religious mind all this presents a great challenge. What is the spiritual secret behind the conflict?

From a religious perspective, it seems that another, more profound point is being made. History is not made up of social, political, or economic factors alone, but also of spiritual forces that have far-reaching moral implications. As always, religious people will turn to the Torah and Jewish tradition, the blueprint of all history and reality, to seek deeper insight. It is the author’s hope that this essay might serve such a purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

An Open Letter to God: The Murder of Our Sons

July 6, 2014

by Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes CardozoFor the Love of Israel and the Jewish People

I search for You at dawn, my Rock and Refuge

Morning and evening will I unfold my thoughts before You

I stand overwhelmed by Your greatness

For Your eyes perceive my deepest thoughts

What can my heart and tongue do

And what strength does my spirit possess

Behold, You desire the song of man

Therefore I shall praise You as long as my divine soul is in me

 [Shachar Avakeshcha, Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol]

In memory of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer, and Naftali Fraenkel

Lord of the Universe!

I ask for forgiveness, but I have no option but to speak to You with words of protest. I must tell You that it has again become very difficult to live in Your presence. In the last few weeks, we, the people of Israel, have all become one family whose sons were brutally murdered almost three weeks ago. They have become our own sons and grandchildren. We gathered together to pray for Your help as we have never done before. Millions of prayers went up to Your holy throne, pleading for their well being. There has never been unity among us as there was during these two and a half weeks. We prayed and prayed until we nearly collapsed. Religious, non-religious, and even anti-religious. It made no difference. And You failed us bitterly.

Last Tuesday morning I was of two minds about praying to You. There was too much pain. Then I wondered whether we should perhaps all go to synagogue and declare before the Aron Hakodesh (Holy Ark) that we refuse to speak to You any longer and will cease to sing Your praises.

You, God, and only you, were there when the terrorists kidnapped these boys. Why did You not slay those murderers, by heart attack or stroke? Did You lack options to prevent them from carrying out their evil scheme? Did You not owe the boys’ families, deeply religious people, Your absolute protection? On so many other occasions, in the past, You miraculously saved our children and grandchildren from similar incidents. Why did You not do the same for these families and bring the boys home safely?

I am astounded at how many people continue to utter words of praise to You. How can one still speak to You after all that happened? But then I thought, isn’t it wonderful that You have so many worshippers who are still prepared to come and speak to You, instead of throwing in the towel and deciding there is no longer any point in praising or serving You? Does that not show miraculous faith, in spite of itall?

Or, are we just hiding behind our prayers of praise, trying to escape the reality that You were there and could have prevented all this but didn’t?

What astonishes me even more is the fact that nearly no one in my immediate religious community seems to discuss the huge existential problem in what just happened. Seemingly, not one person who walked out of the synagogue was caught in a religious crisis. Or am I mistaken? Read the rest of this entry »

A Lecture By R’ Nathan Lopes Cardozo: “The Great Challenge: Judaism’s Obligation to the World”

January 8, 2013


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lecture starts @ 7:00 p.m.

Doors open about 6:30

The Maple Arts Theater

4135 West Maple Road

Bloomfield Hills, MI


RSVP by any of these methods to Chana Lowenstein:

248-660-9461 or

Halacha: The Greatest Chess Game on Earth

July 18, 2012

For the Love of Israel and the Jewish Peopleby Nathan Lopes Cardozo

There is probably no game as difficult and captivating as chess. Millions of people break their heads over chess strategies and spend years learning its ins and outs. It holds them captive as nothing else does. They dream about it and discuss the move of a single pawn as if their lives depended on it. They will follow the most famous chess tournaments and discuss every move of a world champion, for days and even years. They replay famous, mind-boggling games of the past, even those that took place as long ago as 70 years.

These chess aficionados try to improve on those games of the distant past, often getting into heated arguments about a brilliant or foolish move that took place 50 years earlier. Thousands of books, tens of thousands of essays have been published on how to get better at the game.

The rules are set up in the World Chess Federation’s FIDE Handbook. Strategies are developed and tactics suggested; countless combinations have been tried, to the point that some typical patterns have their own names, such as the Boden’s Mate and the Lasker-Bauer combination.

Mikhail Botvinnik revolutionized the opening theory, which was considered nothing less than a Copernican breakthrough.

Famous chess studies such as the one published by Richard Reti (1921) are revelations of tremendous depth. (He depicted a situation in which it seems impossible for the white king to catch the advanced black pawn while the white pawn can be easily stopped by the black king).

THE RULES are ruthless. There are no compromises, no flexibility.

Zero rachmanut (mercy). It is all about midat hadin (harsh rendering). The rules are rigid, as is nothing else. And they can make players mad to the point of possibly considering suicide. Read the rest of this entry »