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Book of Job

Fierce Trials of Family and Faith in Berkeley Rep's Stunning Head of Passes

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.20.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

After a short while, it turns into a deluge that pours through the roof in volumes that buckets can't contain; and finally, as lights flicker and thunder roars, it brings down the house. Literally. The roof crashes, floors and walls tilt, and flood waters rise. On Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage.

Cellist Zuill Bailey - On Nico Muhly and Ernest Bloch

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Cellist Zuill Bailey's latest recording, Muhly & Bloch, combines the world premiere recording of Nico Muhly's Cello Concerto with Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Three Jewish Poems.

How To 'Gird Up Your Loins' In The Most Biblical Sense

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion

"Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me." The above passage from Job 38:3 is just one of several reference...

Is Thanksgiving Just For the 'Haves?'

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

What if we give thanks for all the 'right' things we have such as family, friends, job, home and health, and then, in a blink of an eye, find that we no longer 'have' those things. What will we be thankful for?

Hearing Job: Vindicating the Traumatized (Job 19:23-27a)

David G. Garber, Jr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David G. Garber, Jr

Perhaps we vindicate Job by refusing to blame the poor for their poverty, by proclaiming the story of a mother who lost her child to a random act of gun violence, or by listening to the suffering of refugees in war-torn countries such as Syria.

God's Longest Speech

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

Both nature and animals are presented as necessary mystery, humiliation, and foil to all human arrogance and superiority, and as God's multiform self-revelation besides.

Out Of The Whirlwind: Memorial For Oklahoma

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

May the bereft find comfort. May there be a healing of body and soul. May acts of kindness and memory inspire us to draw out our best selves and to strive to mend a broken world.

Does God Give Us 'Stuff'?

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The rabbis' point is that Israel could only feel God's presence when they were receiving gifts. This is a common malady; many people pray for something and if they do not receive it assume that there is no God.

Are Animals The Best Spiritual Companion?

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Companion animals have a remarkable capacity to disrupt self-centeredness and inspire affection and appreciation for something completely "other."

The Binding Of Isaac: A Personal Meditation On Tests Of Faith

Rabbi Jack Bemporad | Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Bemporad

The accuser challenges God. Take Abraham's son away from him and then see how faithful he will be! Let us recognize that faith is higher than morality and deserves the supreme test.

Doubt: A Scientific And Religious Perspective

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.03.2011 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Science is naturally skeptical, initially couched in doubt. Though doubt might be a stumbling block for science, it is a stepping stone for faith.

Spiritual Reflections On 'The Tree Of Life'

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 08.06.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

I'm pretty religious and knew that "The Tree of Life" tackled what are sometimes ominously called "Big Questions" about religion. But I was unprepared for the power of the film, which is like living inside a prayer.

The Religious Meaning Of Malick's 'Tree of Life'

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Why does God not simply say to Job "This is why you suffer?" What is the larger point God is making? There are endless, powerful and provocative speculations about this question.

God At The Root Of 'Tree Of Life'

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

When making a film that is, essentially, the chronicling of God's relationship with humankind, even the most eloquent narrative would seem anemic.

Caretaker, Farmer, Citizen Or Creature: Four Biblical Voices On Our Relationship To Creation

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

There are at least four different models in the Torah for the human relationship with Creation. Each voice comes from a different source and each one still has something to teach us today.

Is Why Worth Asking? Whom Do We Ask?

John Backman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Backman

Job did not get a straight answer to why then. I cannot imagine why we would get one now. So what are we left with? If faith cannot answer the cry of the heart, what good is it?

Can The Question That Troubles Our Faith Really Be Answered?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

The problem for people of Christian faith is that there really aren't very many good answers to the question of "why" in the Bible.

God's Emotions: Does God Get Angry?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

You might think that if someone is powerful enough, say ... omnipotent, then anger would be unnecessary. And yet it makes a lot of sense that we humans would expect God to get angry.

Killing Off A Simple Jewish Soul In 'A Serious Man'

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

In their 2009 film "A Serious Man," the Coens, for the first time in their career as moviemakers, decide to go back to their Minnesota upbringing and tell a story that touches on the Jewish depredations of Job and Kafka.