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The One Big Problem With the Exodus Movie

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Perhaps what makes Exodus an engaging film also makes it a dangerous one. The drama becomes secondary to the lesson. War prevails over wisdom. The sensational replaces the scholarly.

All The Lonely People: The Power of Community & The Global Day of Jewish Learning

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

Many of us don't cope well with our loneliness. When our phone breaks down, we panic. When our email-inbox does not load, we fidget. When our text messages are ignored, we become upset.

The Torah Of Space Exploration

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

True learning never stops; it pushes us out ever-farther into uncharted territory. As both space exploration and Torah study show us, each new discovery spurs new lines of inquiry.

Missteps On The Path Of Spiritual Growth

Aryeh Ben David | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Aryeh Ben David

I started my journey in my 20s in Jerusalem. I didn't know anything about spirituality. I wanted to have answers. I wanted to "do it right." So I learned for a full 10 years. Along the way, I acquired a lot of knowledge. But I was so busy fitting in that I didn't notice that I had departed from myself.

How Is My Learning? Proposing An Annual Jewish Learning Checkup

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

On Shavuot night, thousands of Jews will place learning at the center of Jewish life, encountering texts and ideas late into the night, across Jewish practices and ideologies. What does it mean to take Jewish learning into the year?

What I've Learned Through Crossword Puzzles

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Learning is a life-long process, and it is never a simple journey from A to B to C -- it's a zigzag journey, and often requires several false starts. Indeed, making mistakes -- and learning from them -- is crucial for our sense of growth.

Largest Celebration Of Jewish Learning In 2,000 Years

Josh Fleet | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion

Some books you just can't put down. On Aug. 1, some 90,000 Jewish men and women will attend a celebration of one such tome -- the Talmud. Organize...

What We Can Learn From Wandering In The Wilderness

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

How does the Book of Deuteronomy end? In the wilderness, with the Israelites never reaching the Promised Land.

What I Learned At Limmud

Danna Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Danna Harman

The five-day conference-cum-retreat, whose mission is to give Jews the opportunity to "take one step further on their Jewish journey," featured more than 1,000 sessions by 400 presenters.

The Costs Of Jewish Studies Endowments

Jacob Neusner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jacob Neusner

Secular academic institutions have gained unprecedented endowments for their professorships and programs in Jewish studies. But at what cost has Jewish learning entered the academy?