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Phylacteries and Passover

Roger Isaacs | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

The Old Testament has two different commands for using what are called phylacteries (Hebrew, tefillin): one in Deuteronomy, the other in Exodus.

The Perils of Trusting the Trustworthy

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The Bible often warns against trusting the wrong sources (e.g., false prophets). But in the story of Balaam, the Bible warns against placing too much trust in the right sources -- in this case Moses. The Bible's warning is particularly pertinent to us today, since we are particularly prone to the error of excessively trusting our sources.

Fresh Air: Sukkot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

It's time to leave our homes and head outside to our Sukkot. What exactly are we commemorating?

Incense Protected Biblical Israelites From Radiation Burn

Roger Isaacs | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

The Israelite priests were trained to manufacture and use the Lord's specified mixture, not to propitiate the gods, not to make a nice smell, not to drive away demons or please kings and pharaohs.

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.

Harry's Video Blog: Builders of the Lost Ark: Parshat Terumah

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Partners in Torah brings you Harry's Video Blog and the always entertaining Harry Rothenberg. In this week's Torah portion, Parshat Terumah, the Jewish people are commanded to build the Tabernacle and the Ark while still in the desert. Trees don't grow in the desert.

Usury Is Alive And Well

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The emergence of practices like "payday" and "predatory" lending deserve the scrutiny of religious leaders and people of faith.

Homeward Bound

David Suissa | Posted 10.16.2011 | World
David Suissa

I come to a land that calls me home Pulled in by the suns of August. On each visit, the eyes utter the same words: Electric. Messy. Miracle. This t...

Shavuot: Love Lessons From A Cosmic Marriage

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Love is about choosing time and time again to stay in the relationship. Shavuot returning in its annual cycle is an opportunity to renew the marriage vow that was made the previous year.

This Passover, Remember You Are An Egyptian

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

One with power -- economic, social, political, military -- is in the position of an ancient Egyptian in the Exodus story. The question is not the morality of having power but of how one uses it.

Passover In Egypt: Did The Exodus Really Happen?

Roger Isaacs | Posted 06.09.2011 | Religion
Roger Isaacs

Clues and speculations abound regarding alleged items of evidence discovered for the Exodus, and nearly all have their champions and detractors.

Pharaohs Can't Celebrate Passover

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Observing Passover, the holiday celebrating the liberation of Jewish slaves from Egypt roughly 3,200 years ago, has become a problem for many Jews this year.