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Book of Exodus

Ridley Scott Disses the Jews

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.12.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

My point is, the world expected more from Ridley Scott's Moses than an actor with great abs. Well, maybe not.

Bill Nye, My Dad's Tie, and the Creation-Evolution Debate

Jack Levison | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

No matter what side of the creation-evolution debate you are on, your partisanship costs you dearly. Why? Because it costs you the ability to read the Bible on its own terms. What do we lose by straightjacketing the Bible with the creation-evolution debate?

The Sabbath Commandment and the Minimum Wage

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Contemporary folks take the Sabbath commandment to liberate us from the stresses and timetables of modern life so that we can seek inner peace, spirituality, harmony with nature, etc. But the Bible offers different rationales.

The Man of Steel: Parshat Shemot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Superman's origin story makes us think about a scene in this week's Torah portion -- and about our own superpowers.

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving as Seasons of Trusting in God's Miracles

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Both traditions use prayer, gathering of family, and special foods to celebrate the miraculous providence of God to sustain a struggling community in a context of colonial oppression. Reflecting on how they differ may also help us overcome the ugly connotations of Thanksgiving.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication and Trusting in God's Promises

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The testimony of the Jewish people throughout their scriptures and history and in this season of Hanukkah reminds me, just as God told Moses in the wilderness, to stop crying and start moving forward in spite of moments of doubt, trusting in the continued light of God's presence.

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

'What Are You?' Reflections On Asian American And Hapa Identity

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

There is a YouTube video making its way around this month. In it, a white man begins making small talk with an Asian American woman, and says to her, "Where are you from? Your English is perfect!" Annoyed, the woman responds, "San Diego. We speak English there."

Wilderness Politics: Meeting The Challenge Of Climate Change

Harry Boyte | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Harry Boyte

In the face of the climate crisis, many express panic. The biblical story of the years in the Wilderness, in which the fractious and "stiff-necked" people of Israel agreed to a covenant with God and created a new way of life, offers solutions to the challenge.

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

Manifest Melody: A Textual, Mystical Inquiry

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Early yesterday, during my morning prayers, I came across an interesting passage in the Zohar -- the enigmatic, poetic, foundational opus of Jewish mysticism -- and soon, innumerable surprising connections were revealed.

Wilderness As Transition: Omer, Anxiety And The Neutral Zone

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

This is the time to sit with the anxiety, the ambiguity and the unknowability of our lives. This is the time to go down deep in to the deepest recesses of who we are, to find resources and riches we didn't know were there.

God To Michael: Who Do You Think You Are?

Michael Goldstein | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Michael Goldstein

Somewhere between the Nile turning to blood, and the hail storm, a terrible thought strikes me. What if it's not Moses who is supposed to inspire me? What if Pharaoh is the one I should identify with?

Count The Omer With Hope

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The Omer need not be a time of sadness. The time between Passover and Shavuout can itself be transformational and full of hope.

Unleavened Equality

Rabbi Rachel Kobrin | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kobrin

It is time to mobilize, to part the seas and walk together to the promised land that the founders of our great nation dreamt into existence. It is time to help our nation become a place that is truly built on "liberty and justice for all."

The Freedom Flame: Why This Night Should Be Different

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer

Now there are slaves. But if we all of us join together to take action against global slavery, not for long. The flame demanding accountability is burning within us too brightly.

Dreaming Zion: A Liberal Religious Meditation On Passover

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

This dream manifests as a spiritual center, this place, this community, where we can look deep into our hearts, and from which, renewed and inspired, we can act in this world with more skill and grace than would otherwise be possible.

The Promise Of Passover

Roben Smolar | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Roben Smolar

Passover, in many respects, is among the most accessible and relatable moments on the Jewish calendar. It invites us to immerse ourselves in the Jewish narrative in a way no other holiday does.

Are Passover And Easter Just Celebrations Of Violence?

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Roger S. Gottlieb

Surrounded by the usual code words for these holidays -- "freedom from slavery" for the first, "resurrection and new life" for the second -- this question may seem at the least silly and at worst an exercise of blasphemous anti-religiosity. Yet, it is actually a serious question

The Universal Relevance Of Passover

Brian Levin | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Brian Levin

Just as the Exodus from Egypt did not happen overnight--Passover reminds us that the changes we seek in our lives might be slow and gradual, even painful, but we should not despair.

How Is The White House Seder Different From All Others?

Jewish Daily Forward | Devra Ferst | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion

By Devra Ferst The Jewish Daily Forward For a president of the United States, the personal is inevitably political. But there is one annual event ...

With Liberty, Justice And Manna For All: Israelites In The Desert On Welfare

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Early in "Oliver Twist," a starving, orphaned Oliver asks, "Please, sir, I want some more [food]." The shocked orphanage master responds by clobbering, imprisoning, disparaging and eventually evicting Oliver. Contrast that with God's response to the starving, recently liberated Israelites.

Cleaning Out The Leaven On Passover -- In Body And Spirit

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

The cleaning out of our homes should also be a cleansing of our spirits, a renewal to the meaning of our Exodus experience and the new Creation that is spring.

Passover: Disrupting My Consciousness

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Robert V. Taylor

To be free of a narrow consciousness is the invitation of Passover. I'm not Jewish, but the rituals and journey of Passover restore my balance and also disrupt my spiritual positioning system. It's about freedom from those things that constrain me from being fully alive.