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Hillel and Shammai

Confusions of "Pharisees" and "Essenes" in Josephus

Robert Eisenman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

Several historical and textual problems emerge from identifying the Dead Sea Scrolls with "the Essenes". Since most of our knowledge about "Essenes" i...

The Torah of Touchdowns

Aviva A. Perlo | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
Aviva A. Perlo

I grew up with a Dad who played football. People used to ask, "Your Dad played professional football? Really? Is he Jewish?"

War: What Is It Good For? Not For The Sake of Heaven

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Our tradition values peace above all things, and yet, were it not for the willingness to take arms and fight in 1944, there would have been no way to thwart the Nazis and most likely no Israel to defend in 1967. How can we understand such moments?