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Hope After the Horror: A Jewish Holiday to Help Us Heal the Pain and Fight the Hate

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The worst case of gun violence in American history struck Orlando Monday morning. We feel angry and despondent: angry at the targeting of a gay nightc...

Why Are There so Many Jews on the Supreme Court?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.17.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

If Judge Merrick Garland is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice (a big if!), four out of the nine justices would be Jews. That's almost a majority. What explains this extraordinary representation?

Do Modern Jews Believe in Resurrection of the Dead?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The hardest chapter to write for my book on the Jewishness of Jesus was the one on resurrection. I tried to avoid it, but my editor insisted. Resurrec...

Was Jesus a Reform Rabbi?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jesus lived as a Jew. He prayed as a Jew. He died as a Jew. But what kind of Judaism did he practice? That question has been asked throughout history. I ask it in my new book on the Jewishness of Jesus.

What I Learned at the White House Chanukah Party

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The holiday of Chanukah reminds us that these rights wither when we take them granted. Freedom does not sustain itself. The heroes of Hanukah -- known as the Maccabees -- stood up when they lost their rights to worship and practice their faith.

Mark Zuckerberg's Stunning Act of Jewish Piety

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Mark Zuckerberg stunned the world yesterday. Not with the announcement of a baby girl. Everybody knew that was coming. It was an accompanying letter outlining his and his wife Priscilla's plan to donate 99 percent of Facebook stock (valued now at $45 billion) to a foundation.

The Most Revolutionary Part of the Ten Commandments

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

We tend to take them for granted. Even pastors or rabbis who teach and preach about them can forget how revolutionary they once were. We can begin to see them as a decorations in courtrooms rather than a sacred call to live by sacred values.

A Heart of Many Rooms: Can Jews Stay Together After the Iran Vote?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

This is not to say we should not have strong convictions. We are a people who argue. We are a people who disagree. But the challenge now is not to let these disagreements tear us apart. They have done too many times in history. Indeed, some of our worst wounds have been self-inflicted.

Should Rabbis Speak About Iran During the Jewish Holidays?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.17.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

To avoid the issue during the holidays would be a tremendous mistake. While rabbis need not take a for-or-against position on the Iran deal, to not address it would be to forfeit our role as Jewish leaders. Here's why.

The Secret to Amazing Sermons

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.09.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A few years ago I was putting my oldest daughter to sleep. She asked me what a rabbi does.

Is It Ever Okay for Israelis to Criticize American Jews?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.08.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

I don't know when we will see peace, but I have faith that someday we will. In the meantime, it is our obligation--our privilege--to support those working, like Michael Oren, to protect our ancient ideals and ensure the survival of that land that is a refuge and home for so many.

Why Religious Liberals and Conservatives Should Celebrate the Supreme Court's Decision

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Rather than portend a new dark era for religion, as my debating opponent on Fox News warned on Friday, the decision reminds us of why religious life flourishes in America.

We Are Better Than This: A Jewish Response to the Horror in Charleston

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

It has been said that the task of a rabbi is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. We are all afflicted. We are afflicted by the horrific murder of nine people gathered for a Bible study at a church in South Carolina

A Rabbi Walks Into an Evangelical Church

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Many Jews have stereotypical views of Evangelicals. These stereotypes may persist, but they lack validity. If we are to build meaningful and enriching bridges--bridges that enhance our faiths and ourselves--we need to address and overcome our lingering fears.

Is the Golden Age Over for American Jews?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

100 years ago my great grandfather took a ship from Poland to New York. He eventually made his way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He soon sent for his two brothers and sister, who made their way there as well.

Is It Offensive to Say 'Old Testament'?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.28.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article, I referred frequently to the "Old Testament." Someone immediately wrote and asked why I was using that "offensive" phrase. "Old Testament," he said, "implies that a New Testament supersedes and surpasses it."

Anti-semitism at My Alma Mater

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.12.2016 | College
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Three weeks ago I received a strange email. "Did I know," my friend wondered, "about the antisemitism brewing on the Stanford University campus?"

The Jewish Practice No One Knows About

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

People who have converted to Judaism often tell me about holiday overload. They go from celebrating a handful of holidays to almost a dozen. Yet, above and beyond the holidays we have certain practices, one of which I did not learn about until rabbinical school.

How My Daughter Taught Me the Meaning of Purim

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For Hannah -- and for many young children -- the point of hide and seek is to be found. Over time, however, we start to get lost. We hide from ourselves. We hide from what we know is right. We start to hide from God.

Jews, Give France a Chance!

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

There is a reason over a million people visit the Anne Frank House very year. There is a reason France's most celebrated public intellectual, Bernard Henri Levy, is a proud Jew. A strong and safe Jewish community enriches the cultural life of every nation.

When President Obama Retold the Hanukkah Story

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

First he upended a 50-year U.S.-Cuban Cold War. Then he celebrated Hanukkah with 400 Jews from across the United States. He probably got a national security briefing somewhere in-between.

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.

Discover the Secret to Live Long and Prosper on #GivingTuesday

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Giving enhances living. The more we give, the more we live. This truths operates on a psychological, sociological and economic level.

4 Reasons to Say a Blessing Before Thanksgiving

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, my friend Reverend Lillian Daniel urges us to eat out less. She recommends meeting friends and family at home rather than at a restaurant. Why?

Why This Rabbi Loves Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article for the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, I generated some controversy by quoting two books by Christian authors. A few comments and even personal phone calls wondered why a rabbi would quote Christian sources when they are so many good Jewish ones.