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Why Are There so Many Jews on the Supreme Court?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.18.2017 | 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?

Prophets, Kings, and Black Lives Matter

Mark Osler | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Mark Osler

My hometown of Minneapolis was recently captivated by a now-familiar drama that played out on our streets. First, a black man (Jamar Clark) died at th...

Israel Family Travel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Golan Heights

David Code | Posted 07.02.2016 | Travel
David Code

"Walk out till you're at least knee-deep in the water, then just sit down as if you're falling into an easy chair." It seemed impossible, but as I fell back into the water, the Dead Sea gently caught me and I floated like I was on a space walk with no gravity.

Six Clay Seals Discovered In Israel Linked To Era Of Kings David And Solomon

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

A Mississippi State University archaeological team uncovered six official clay seals at a dig in southern Israel -- offering some support for the reig...

Bible Video Game Features King David Like You've Never Seen Him Before

Motherboard | EMANUEL MAIBERG | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

Business-wise, it's not a bad idea. If Christian rock bands like P.O.D. and Creed can release multi-platinum records, and Mel Gibson can make more tha...

Transitions: What I Learned Sitting in a Sukkah

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

With the Festival of Sukkot, we mark a transition. The great gift that Judaism holds out to us it to be mindful of the phases of our lives, so that we don't rush through it, thoughtlessly, but we take a moment to step out of the rat race.

The Bible Lesson You Might Have Missed

John Backman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Nicodemus's night visit to Jesus is not exactly empathic, but there is an intimacy to the setting. It is a tête-à-tête: Not a Sermon on the Mount, not a raising of Lazarus, but a private conversation between people who have studied God.

Shema Yisrael: Parshat VaYigash

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

During the emotional reunion of Jacob and Joseph, only one of them hugs the other initially. What is the other one doing, and why?

Fathers and Sons: Parshat VaYeishev

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Joseph faces extraordinary temptation as his master's wife attempts to seduce him. His father's image saves him, foreshadowing a later heroic attempt by King David to save his son.

President Obama and the Moses Generation

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is unlikely to set foot in the Promised Land. If we ever get there, it will be on someone else's watch.

What Do You Really Really Want This Rosh Hashanah?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

My son Jacob has been playing the Spice Girls 1996 hit "Wannabe" a lot lately. In a flash, the connection between the song and preparation for Rosh Hashanah came to me a few nights ago.

LOOK: King David's Palace Found?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion

After many years of searching, Israeli archaeologists announced Thursday the discovery of a large palace and storeroom believed to have once belonged ...

Podcast: 100 Blessings Brings Us Closer to the Divine

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

By blessing God 100 times daily, we are connecting in the deepest way. Mindfulness of our actions makes us more aware of the Divine. It also serves to prevail over the forces of negativity, by attaching ourselves more closely with Hashem (God).

Shedding Stigma of Mental Illness Within the Military

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

While I recognize that the military is a unique institution with its own codes of conduct and ethos, this policy, tacit though it may be, of stigmatizing mental illness has got to end.

Music With Political Messages More Influential Than Political Punditry

DeeDee Garcia Blase | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts
DeeDee Garcia Blase

How is it that a John Lennon or Marvin Gaye song has everlasting global and sustaining reach when they sing of peace or war? Why is a lyricist/musician more influential than a political pundit?

Unfulfilled Dreams

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

Martin Luther King's message reminds us that sometimes we cannot complete a dream ourselves; we can only pave the way for others.

AMAZING King David-Era Temple Discovered Near Jerusalem

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 12.28.2012 | World

Evidence of religious practices dating back to the early days of King David and the Kingdom of Judah have been discovered at excavations run by the Is...

For Petraeus, Echoes Of That Other Warrior David

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 11.15.2012 | Religion

(RNS) It's tempting to view the sex scandal surrounding retired Army Gen. David Petraeus through a religious lens. After all, most faiths forbid ad...

U.S. Government Shouldn't Condemn Films About Islam

Menachem Wecker | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

My friend offered this gem in a recent blog post: "I am proud to be a citizen of a country that embraces these freedoms, even if they result in trash."

Book Of Kings: Who Will Be America's Next Leader?

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

The old king, David, is dead. It is time to pick his successor as king. In retrospect it seems obvious that his son, Solomon, was his rightful heir. In the moment, however, the matter of succession to the throne is highly contested.

Perilous Power: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 10.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Some of the stories found herein will shock your senses. They will test your faith. They will stretch you. They can hurt you and hurt others. Therefore, handle these texts with care and caution.

Remembering A Great Warrior On Shavuot

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

This year, Memorial Day poses an interesting conflict with the Jewish calendar as it overlaps directly with the holiday of Shavuot. The coincidence is not without some significance.

Jonas Brother, Wizard Of Oz And More Among E!'s New Shows

Posted 09.29.2014 | TV

E! has a brand new TV lineup in development, and the Kardashians aren't involved, but a lot of scripts are! While The Jonas Brothers are reportedly...

What 'The Artist' Can Teach Us About Prayer

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Prayer comes from the world of our ancestors, who both had less information and knowledge of the universe than we have today, and more time to focus on the inner workings of the soul and spirit.

Digging For Truth: How Deep Are You Willing to Go?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

As archaeologists dig deeper into the earth to uncover new truths about the past, their findings have the potential to upend our understanding of religion and the role of God in its unfolding.