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

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.22.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 12.16.2014 | 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.

The One Big Problem With the Exodus Movie

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

'Exodus: Gods And Kings' - Grand! Truly the Most Epic Version of the Story of Moses

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 12.12.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

The landscape of this film is colossal! If you get a chance, watch this on the big screen.

"Troubled" Moses or Traumatic Origins of the Bible?

David Carr | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
David Carr

We have no way to ascertain whether Moses personally suffered from trauma. He lived long before history was written down in Israel and the stories about him are shrouded in centuries of later tradition.

ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Kim

Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays too far from accepted (or at least favored) interpretations.

Was Moses Armed and Dangerous? The Other Problem With Exodus: Gods and Kings

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

You might argue that Moses could have used a weapon when he murdered the Egyptian taskmaster. If he was royalty, he would certainly have had access to weapons. But did he use one?

Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Company: The Critical Problem with the Prophet System

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

You can claim you talk to God in your prayers, but if you want to remain a member of one of the major religions you cannot claim that God has provided you with a revelation that contradicts the views of the accepted prophets of your religion.

Excerpts From Texas's New American History Textbook

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2015 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

And so it came to pass that God persuaded the Founding Fathers that all fellas should be permitted to bear these weapons to protect theyselves from intruders and folks who wore hoodies. Thus was it written in the Constitution and it remains the holiest of all laws in this here land of ours. Amen.

Be an Empathetic, Caring (But Not Meddlesome) Leader

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

Leaders have to walk a fine line in the workplace. On the one hand, people want them to be interested and involved. On the other hand, they can easily wear out their welcome by becoming meddlesome and "stealing" the process from those who were tasked to complete it.

Bridging Jewish Generations

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Millennial Jews are not joining synagogues at the same rate as their parents and certainly not at the same rate as their grandparents. Many Jewish leaders are struggling to understand this new generation, which will have a profound impact on the future of Jewish life in America.

Christian Bale Has Gotten Inside Moses' Head

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion

Christian Bale may not have known anything about Moses before preparing for his role in 'Exodus,' but after reading the Bible, the Torah, the Quran an...

Moses's Last Day Teaching: The Sky Is Not the Limit

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

How would you spend the last day of your life? It's a question that many people ponder. Would you focus on your family and loved ones? Live out your most outrageous fantasy? Spend all your money and buy extravagant gifts?

'Murder 101' A Talk With Faye Kellerman

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Faye Kellerman is the bestselling author of 26 novels, 22 of which feature the husband and wife team of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Murder 101 is the twenty-second Decker-Lazarus novel.

Impossible Ideals

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Ideals are tools, and tools can be misused. The unscrupulous use them to bilk people. "Buy my diet drug, and you'll look like Barbie." "Buy my book and master mindfulness in 6 weeks."

Ridley Scott Disses the Jews

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

My point is, the world expected more from Ridley Scott's Moses than an actor with great abs. Well, maybe not.

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

Promises on a Bumpy Road (Mattot, Numbers 30:2-32:42)

Rabbi Minna Bromberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Minna Bromberg

Here in parashat Mattot, the Israelites are already encamped on the Plains of Moab, having finished their 40 years of wandering in the desert. Soon they will spend the length of the Book of Deuteronomy listening to Moses give them final instructions.

Operation Protective Edge: Parshat Mattot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Moses grants permission to the tribes of Reuven and Gad to settle outside Israel, on the East Bank. But he makes them promise to fight alongside the other tribes in the upcoming war. Are we keeping that promise?

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.

#BringBackOurBoys: Parshat Chukat

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Jewish people fail to cry when Miriam dies. How do we respond when tragedy strikes?