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Harriet Tubman, Unlikely Patriot and American Icon

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Who'd have thought that words such as "hot" or "trending" would refer to Harriet Tubman? Yet, there they are. Hers may be the face that boots Hamilton from the ten dollar bill, and her words graced Viola Davis' historic Emmy speech.

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.

We Need an Inner Revolution and a Radical Spirituality

Beth Green | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Beth Green

Major spiritual belief systems were founded by radicals but are perpetuated by conformists. If Moses overthrew the Egyptian faith, who then questioned the awesome and frightening god of Moses? If Jesus rejected the god of the sword, who then overthrew the perfect, loving "father" God? And so on!

Commandments of Love

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God for the children of Israel to follow, are not primarily religious. Their concern is largely social, rooted in love, and all of them are relational in their thrust. Four Commandments address the human-divine relationship; six of them address human-to-human relationships.

19 Organic Food Organizations and Businesses Working to Protect Consumers and the Global Environment

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based organization of organic food companies, is working to bust myths about organic food. "Despit...

Donald Trump and The Right Wing's Rapid Descent Into Mindlessness

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marvin Meadors

Donald Trump, like no other candidate can, embodies the right wing's rapid descent into mindlessness and their embrace of know-nothingism. With Trump, there is nothing there besides the huge eponymous banner announcing "Trump" that appears on all his possessions, a bluster, and a golden combover seemingly forever frozen in place.

Why Success Is Always 'Iffy'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Either way, I'm going to do my best to smell the roses along the way, too -- and call it success every time. Those fragrant breezes will come and go and never be safely thus. They are diffident, and iffy, and fleeting- just like success itself. But that's as good as it gets. Maybe knowing that, and really accepting it, is the safest success of all

John Muir Was Right: Climb the Mountains

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Mossberg

Halfway up an erupting volcano, I remember I am afraid of heights. Thousands of feet up and hanging on, there is no time like this for thinking about ...

David Laventhol, Moses, and Newspaper People Wandering in the Wilderness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 06.09.2015 | Media
BJ Gallagher

Be understanding and compassionate -- your people are in pain and they will criticize you, question you, berate you, and perhaps even revile you. Forgive them. Love them and care for them - they need good care and feeding on their arduous journey.

Freedom Is Not the Point of Passover

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

On the traditional interpretation, the moral of the Exodus story is that slavery is evil. This moral conveniently allows us to do nothing but gratefully savor life in a free country. However, if the Exodus story is about hard, harsh labor and Egyptians who deserve to be stripped, then we have work to do.

Breaking: Israelites in Sinai Suddenly Achieve Freedom From Pharaoh -- Good Times Forecast

Edwin Black | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Edwin Black

Approximately two million Children of Israel are now encamped in the Sinai following their extraordinary exodus from Egypt yesterday. Just days ago, they were slaves to Pharaoh. Today, they are free men and women, destined for self-determination in a land of their own.

How You Can Harness the Exodus and Easter Spirit of Awakening to Face Down Your Fear of Failure

Macky Alston | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

Moses and the Israelites suffered through the wilderness for 40 years. All that time, they could never be certain where their journey would end, whether or not God would make good on God's promise of liberation.

Moses -- the Perfect, Unwilling, Unlikely Leader

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Only a leader who nurtures brotherly love instead of lust for power and self-esteem can succeed in Israel. Israel's success lies in its unity, and only such a leader can unite the people.

The Faithful Shopper: Don't PassOver the Easter Treats

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 05.30.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Happy Passover - Happy Easter! As always, I focus on the sugary for these joyous holidays - chocolate treats that promise even sweeter days in the spring and summer to come.

The Story Behind Marble Moses in Netanyahu's Speech

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Anav Silverman

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referenced several cultural, political and historical figures throughout his highly-anticipated speech to Congress on Tuesday March 3, he concluded his historical address with the biblical figure of the prophet Moses.

The Golden Calf: Managing the Noncompliant Client

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The golden calf passage is usually and correctly taken to describe a gross failure on the part of the Israelites. However, a seldom noticed aspect of the passage is that Moses' first responses are also failures.

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

Bibi, Moses, and Churchill

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Netanyahu carries a sense of superiority, self-importance, and an overbearing assumption that only he is correct. That attitude feeds the latest spat between Bibi and the White House which has become a classic example of domestic and foreign policies intertwined in an unhealthy imbroglio.

Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The dearth of information about the formative influences on towering biblical figures such as Moses and Jesus has invited some skeptics to question whether they actually existed.

Obama Is a Modern Day Moses, Leading with the Paradoxical Commandments

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

Being a change leader is a tall order. People love the soaring rhetoric with which he outlines his vision of a better life. We trust that he has the right stuff to do the job. We want to believe that he'll deliver on his promises. And above all, we want him to be all things to all people.

The Pope, MLK and Moses

Avram Mlotek | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

We will soon be entering our field as young and idealistic rabbis. The pope, MLK and Moses serve as some of our role models for this type of spiritual activism. In order for religion to be relevant to our time, it is upon us to leave the confines of the synagogue and enact the change we wish to see.

Why Cartoonists Get Killed

James Heffernan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

What happened in Paris surely reminds us of one thing: Pictures move us in ways that language cannot, and no matter how sophisticated we think we are, we will never fully control their impact.

Dear White People

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.28.2015 | Black Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

Before you start shouting that "blacks are destroying everything that is white" or that "political correctness is destroying America," here is some historical fact that will prove otherwise.

Chris Gentilviso

Michele Bachmann Knows How To Have A Good Conversation With God | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) doesn't want a lot for Christmas. A few weeks after revealing her Iran bombing wish to President Barack Obama, it l...

Face It, Christians, You Don't Have Ten Commandments

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Most American Christians systematically and shamelessly ignore at least three of the Ten Commandments, but it's difficult to imagine someone protesting over merely two or seven or eight commandments.